2023 WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- September 4 – 9, 2023
- Netanya, Israel
- Wingate Institute
- LCM (50m)
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The Australians put an end to the U.S. relay streak in definitive fashion on the third night of racing at the 2023 World Junior Swimming Championships, smashing the World Junior Record by over a second and a half in the mixed 4×100 free.
The Aussies were coming into the race with a lot of momentum, as not only were they being led off by Flynn Southam, who won the boys’ 200 free on Tuesday, but they also had Olivia Wunsch and Milla Jansen on the back half, who went 1-2 in the girls’ 100 free less than half an hour prior.
Southam led off in 48.58, slightly trailing the U.S. team that had a blistering opening leg from Maximus Williamson (48.38), but the Aussies assumed the lead at the halfway mark after Edward Sommerville dropped a 48.54 split, putting the team three-tenths clear of the Americans.
Wunsch (53.62) and Jansen (53.55) ran away with the title over the final 200 meters, giving the Australian team a new World Junior Record in 3:24.29, shattering the previous mark of 3:25.92 set by the U.S. in 2019 (which also stood as the Championship Record).
|USA, 2019||AUS, 2023|
|Luca Urlando – 49.66||Flynn Southam – 48.58|
|Adam Chaney – 48.25||Edward Sommerville – 48.54|
|Amy Tang – 54.18||Olivia Wunsch – 53.62|
|Gretchen Walsh – 53.83||Milla Jansen – 53.55|
Williamson’s lead-off leg was notably under the U.S. 17-18 National Age Group Record, though it won’t officially count since it was done on a mixed relay.
|AUS, 2023||USA, 2023|
|Flynn Southam – 48.58||Maximus Williamson – 48.38|
|Edward Sommerville – 48.54||Jason Zhao – 49.05|
|Olivia Wunsch – 53.62||Erika Pelaez – 53.76|
|Milla Jansen – 53.55||Anna Moesch – 54.40|
For the Australian team, Wunsch’s split was just under her winning time from the individual event (53.71), while Jansen’s 53.55 leg was very impressive given she went 54.08 to win individual silver earlier in the session. Wunsch is 17, while Jansen is still just 16.
For the boys, Southam does not appear to be on career-best form, having been as fast as 47.77 from a flat start, though his lead-off swim from Wednesday was an improvement compared to his 48.47 flying split from the boys’ 400 free relay.
Sommerville’s 48.54 split was significant given he set a personal best time of 49.24 on the lead-off leg of the 400 free relay early in the meet (he also anchored in 48.70 on the mixed medley relay on Tuesday).
The victory came after three straight silver medal finishes for the Aussies behind the Americans in the boys’ 400 free relay, girls’ 800 free relay and the mixed 400 medley relay over the two days of the meet.