2021 QUEENSLAND SHORT COURSE C’SHIPS
- Friday, September 17th – Sunday, September 19th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Timed Finals
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap
- Live Results
Day 2 of the 2021 Queensland Short Course Championships saw a significant age record bite the dust at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.
Competing in the men’s open 100m freestyle, 16-year-old Flynn Southam cranked out a big-time lifetime best, hitting the wall in a result of 48.05.
Entering this meet, Southam had never before been under 51, with the Bond swimmer’s personal best from 2019 resting at 51.50. He was 51.58 in 2020 but nowhere near the 48.05 he just threw down to scorch the field by well over a second.
Southam remarkably essentially event-split this race today, opening in 24.01 and bringing it home nearly exactly the same way in 24.04.
With his 48.05 performance, Southam easily overtook the previous Australian national age record for 16-year-olds which stood at 48.65. That mark was produced by 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers whose performance at the age 16 snagged the record away from legend Ian Thorpe (48.74).
This isn’t the first time Southam claimed an age record once held by Chalmers.
In December of 2020, a then-15-year-old Southam broke through in a big way, firing off a big lifetime best of 49.66 in the men’s 100m freestyle at the Queensland LC Championships. His time overtook the Aussie Age Record of 49.68 also held Chalmers. Southam would drop that done to 49.55 in April of this year before taking a short break and not pursuing Tokyo.
Of note, pop star Cody Simpson was a no-show in this event, as he also was in the 100m butterfly.
2019 World Championships in the 200m free, Clyde Lewis, was in this 100m free field, placing 9th in 49.81.