Flynn Southam Shatters Jr Pan Pacs Record with 48.23 100 FR, Nears AUS Age Record

by Spencer Penland 7

August 25th, 2022 International, News



  • Jr World: 46.86 – David Popovici, ROM (2022)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 48.91 – Jack Cartwright, AUS (2016)


  1. Flynn Southam, Australia – 48.23
  2. Thomas Heilman, USA – 49.34
  3. Jamie Mooney, Australia – 50.19

After cruising to a 49.12 in prelims of the boys 100 free this morning at the 2022 Jr Pan Pacs in Honolulu, Australia’s Flynn Southam dominated the final tonight, exploding with a new lifetime best of 48.23. The swim was huge for the 17-year-old, who won the boys 200 free last night. Like the 200 free, Southam blew away the Jr Pan Pacs Record with his swim tonight as well. The previous record stood at 48.91 and was held by fellow Aussie Jack Cartwright from the 2016.

Also with the swim, Southam, who just turned 17 a few weeks ago, has closed in on the Australian Age Record for 17-year-olds, which is held by Kyle Chalmers at 48.03.

Southam has had an exceptional year, breaking through on the Australian national scene and getting his first taste of senior international competition. He qualified for the World Champs team on relays, but turned down the roster spot, opting instead to focus on the Commonwealth Games and Jr Pan Pacs. At Commonwealths, the youngest member of the Australian men’s relays helped the Aussie squads to victory and Championship Records in both the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays. He led the 4×100 free off in 48.54, which up until moments ago, stood as his personal best in the 100 free. He was also able to provide a sharp 1:46.08 off a relay exchange on the 4×200 free relay.

Here is a split comparison between Southam’s swim tonight and the previous Jr Pan Pacs Record by Cartwright:

Splits Flynn Southam – 2022 Jr Pan Pacs (Finals) Jack Cartwright – 2016 Jr Pan Pacs (Prelims)
50m 23.79 23.56
100m 24.44 25.35
FINAL TIME 48.23 48.91

Although Southam was way faster in the end than Cartwright, he was actually out slower than the previous record holder. It was Southam’s 2nd 50 that made all the difference. 24.44 closing out the race is no joke, in fact, that would have been the fastest closing split in the men’s 100 free finals at the World Championships earlier this summer by 0.42 seconds. It’s a continuation of a trend for Southam, who displays tremendous closing speed across all his races. Last night in the 200 free final, he very nearly even split his race en route to the Championship Record.

Expanding out to a broader view of his swim, Southam has now solidified himself as a viable option for Australia on senior international relays. Having gotten down to 48.23 now, it’s only a matter of time before the rising star dips under 48 seconds, at which point he’ll stand a good chance of making international rosters individually as well.

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3 months ago

Certainly firming in the betting for 2nd individual 100 spot for Worlds at least. Will be very interested in seeing what kind of relay split he may throw down here; another reliable sub 48 (flying start) leg would certainly add some spine to a 4X100 that has been largely carried by Chalmers’ superhero feats for several years.

3 months ago

Hope he gives Kyle some much needed domestic competition .. Kyle has been requesting it from the boys lately

Reply to  Verram
3 months ago

Absolutely. Despite the silver at worlds and gold at Commies, our men’s 100 free has not been great the past few years.

Reply to  Verram
3 months ago

Kyle, Flynn & Jack Carthwrigth coming back to some form, giving us a little hope.

Reply to  Verram
3 months ago

As a side note it was reported elsewhere that McEvoy is only targetting the 50 free going forward.

Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Sadly I think he’s on the way out same as James Robert’s

Reply to  Verram
3 months ago

James announced his retirement a little while ago