Bond’s Flynn Southam flashed his brilliance during the Boy’s 15-year 100m Free to sensationally break his own Age Record on the fourth night of the Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.
Pulling away from the pack at full flight with 25 metres to go, the rising star clocked 49.55 to better the record he set in December last year by one tenth of a second.
Speaking after the race, a very determined and motivated Southam said while he was happy with the result, there was still plenty of work to do.
“It’s a good feeling, but the job’s not done, I’ve still got a big week ahead of me,” Southam said.
“I’ll process it and then move on to the next race.”
Coming in second behind Southam to claim silver was Chandler’s Anders McAlpine in 51.32, while Archie Taylor placed third in 52.20 to secure bronze.
Capitalising on his momentum from Wednesday night in which he won gold in the Boys 17-years 50m Freestyle, Isaac Cooper also set a new Age record, crushing Alex Graham’s time in the Boy’s 17-year’s 100m Backstroke. Hitting the wall in 54.56 to better the record set in 2013 by .31 of a second, Cooper beat out Nudgee College pair James Bayliss (55.68) and Matthew Magnussen (57.18).
An ecstatic Cooper said he was pleased his hard work is paying off.
“Feels amazing, I’ve been training for this for so long,” Cooper said.
“Last year I missed the record by 0.4 of a second so to come back and thrash it, it’s a massive relief of my shoulders, we just worked harder and harder and it’s really paid off.”
It was an MLC Flippers trifecta in the Girls 16-years 400m Freestyle as Jamie Perkins (Cotton Tree), Tiana Kritzinger (Nudgee College) and Lucinda Macleod (Griffith University) captured gold, silver and bronze in the first event of the night. Perkins snared the title in 4:13.72 ahead of her Flippers squad members, with Kritzinger posting 4:14.35 and Macleod 4:15.68.
Cairns swimming sensation Ike Martinez (TAS Swimming) collected his third gold medal of the meet on night four, blitzing the field from lane four in the Boys 14-years 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:04.51. Trying to chase him down from lanes five and three was MCA’s James Leigh and City of Sydney’s Marcus Da Silva, however Martinez was too strong for the duo. Leigh clocked 4:08.26 to receive silver and Da Silva followed narrowly behind in 4:08.90 to bag bronze.
Ella Ramsay from St Peters Western once again showed her mettle in the pool, this time taking the spoils in both the Girls 16-years 50m Freestyle and the Girls 16-years 100m Breaststroke. The freestyle event proved to be an absolute nail biter, with Ramsay just managing to scrap in ahead of Wests Illawarra’s Chelsea Jones, with only two one hundredths of a second separating the duo at the final touch – 25.77 to 25.79. Jones’ teammate from Wests Illawarra Sydney Brown rounded out the podium in 25.92. While in the breaststroke Ramsay posted 1:09.61 to triumph over, Matilda Smith (The Hobart Aquatic) who took home silver in 1:09.98 and Charlotte Hansen (Rackley) who received bronze in 1:10.95.
Bond’s Mikayla Bird added a gold medal to her list of achievements after securing the Age title in the Girls 13-year 100m Butterfly. Gliding to the finish line and swooping the top honour in 1:02.05, Bird edged out Nelson Bay’s Ebony Nix (1:03.20) and Geelong’s Matilda Brynes (1:04.25).
The night concluded with a host of epic relay events, access the results here.
More results from night four:
Boys 16-years 400m Freestyle
Gold – Benjamin Goedemans, Acacia Bayside, 3:57.18
Silver – Thomas Connellan, Nudgee College, 3:58.92
Bronze – Robert Thorpe, St Peters Western, 3:59.67
Girls 15-years 100m Freestyle
Gold – Sophie Martin, Brisbane Grammar, 56.90
Silver – Calveria Johnson-Tiumalu, St Peters Western, 57.00
Bronze – Semra Olowoniyi, St Peters Western, 57.21
Girls 14-years 200m Backstroke
Gold – Jaclyn Barclay, St Peters Western, 2:14.68
Silver – Sally Vagg, Rocky City, 2:17.71
Bronze – Inez Miller, St Hildas, WA, 2:19.67
Girls 13-years 200m Individual Medley
Gold – Ainsley Trotter, St Peters Western, 2:23.58
Silver – Julia Remington, Palm Beach Currumbin, 2:24.33
Bronze – Indianna Cameron, Knox Pymble, 2:25.37
Boys 16-years 50m Freestyle
Gold – Hugh Dolle, St Peters Western, 23.34
Silver – Yanning Zhang, Nunawading, 23.41
Bronze – Tane Bidois, Knox Pymble, 23.44
Girls 15-years 200m Butterfly
Gold – Abbey Connor, Revesby Workers, 2:13.53
Silver – Holly Shore, Helensvale, 2:17.07, 2:17.07
Bronze – Julia Kater, St Hilda’s Aquatics, QLD, 2:17.88
Boys 15-years 200m Butterfly
Gold – Karl Albertyn, Knox Pymble, 2:05.96
Silver – Ryan Clifford, Marion, 2:06.02
Bronze – Billy Moody, Singleton, 2:06.51
Boys 17-years 200m Freestyle
Gold – Samuel Short, Rackley, 1:47.69
Silver – Kai Taylor, St Peters Western, 1:49.81
Bronze – Maximillian Giuliani, The Hobart Aquatic, 1:50.85
Boys 16-years 100m Breaststroke
Gold – Haig Buckingham, SOPAC, 1:02.08 (All Comers Record)
Silver – William Petric, Nunawading, 1:02.76
Bronze – Issac Ballenger, Northcote, 1:04.48