2021 QUEENSLAND SHORT COURSE C’SHIPS
- Friday, September 17th – Sunday, September 19th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Timed Finals
- SwimSwam Preview
- Live Results
One of the most notable performances from over the weekend at the 2021 Queensland Short Course Championships came in the form of 16-year-old Flynn Southam‘s 100m freestyle victory.
The Bond University athlete threw down a big-time personal best of 48.05 to take the SCM victory, nailing a new Aussie national age group record in the process.
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 of 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.
You can also view Southam’s 100m backstroke swim which registered a time of 53.62 to make him Australia’s 5th fastest 16-year-old ever.