AUSTRALIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUS)
- April 7th – April 12th
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals 6pm local
- Gold Coast Swimming & Aquatic Centre
- Non-Olympic Qualifying Event, but impacts junior selection for int’l meets
- Live Results
Although not an Olympic-qualifying competition, the 2021 Australian Age Group Championships are still an important stepping stone for many young budding stars as they vie for selection to elite international junior meets.
One such racer is 16-year-old Elizabeth Dekkers of Newmarket Racers. Dekkers has been making waves on the 200m fly scene over the past year, culminating in a big-time result of 2:07.82 at December’s Queensland Championships. That produced a new Aussie age record for the teen in the process.
Tonight at the Gold Coast Swimming & Aquatic Centre, however, Dekkers had designs on blowing that previous result to bits, stopping the clock in an eye-popping 2:07.25.
Opening in 1:01.23 and bringing it home in 1:06.02, Dekkers raced essentially unchallenged, with the next closest competitor getting to the wall over 6 seconds later. Dekkers’ impressive outing here not only hacked nearly half a second off of the aforementioned previous Age Record, but it also keeps the teen ranked #6 in the world this season.
For extra perspective, Dekkers’ 2:07.25 time here tonight would have placed 4th at the 2019 FINA World Championships. It would also rank Dekkers as the 2nd fastest U.S. 15-16-year-old 200m flyer of all time, ahead of Regan Smith and behind Mary T. Meagher.