Fisher won the 50m Freestyle S11 convincingly and with a personal best time of 0:30.96, only 0.02 off the World record.
The NZ Para-Swim team also set two personal bests in the Men’s 400m Freestyle finals with 2013 World Championships team member Jesse Reynolds placing 4th in the S9 400m Freestyle with a time of 04:31.18. Followed by Daniel Gaualofa on his international debut placing 6th in the S10 400m Freestyle in a time of 04:52.23.
The rest of the eight strong team took to the pool earlier in the day including London Paralympians Nikita Howarth and Rebecca Dubber. Newcomers Georgia Gray, Tayla Clement and Chris Arbuthnott made their international debut.
There were a number of very good heat swims earlier this morning (NZT) to claim the final’s spots. Some of the highlights were:
Men’s 400m Freestyle heats:
PB’s to Christopher Arbuthnott S9 (05:00.49) and Daniel Gaualofa S10 (04:52.34) in the heats saw Daniel make the S10 400 free Final. Jesse Reynolds S9 time of 04:34.02 saw him qualify for the S9 400 final in 4th position
Women’s 100m ButterFly heats:
Tayla Clement (S9) qualified for the final after swimming 01:36.21 in the heat. Also swimming in the 100m Fly final as fastest qualifier will be Mary Fisher (S11) after swimming 01:19.02 in the heat.
Women’s 50m Freestyle heats:
Terrific PB’s by Rebecca Dubber S7 (0:36.25) and Georgia Gray S9 (0:31.17) will see both girls swim in their respective finals. They will be joined in the finals of the 50m free by Nikita Howarth S7 (0:37.60) and Mary Fisher S11 (0:32.03). Tayla Clement S9 finished in 9th position with a time of 0:33.95.
Results for Day 1 finals:
|Day 1: Wed 6 Aug (US Time) or Thurs 7 Aug (NZT)|
|Jesse Reynolds||Men’s 400m Freestyle|
4th – PB
|Daniel Gaualofa||Men’s 400m Freestyle|
6th – PB
|Tayla Clement||Women’s 100m Butterfly|
|Mary Fisher||Women’s 100m Butterfly|
|Rebecca Dubber||Women’s 50m Freestyle|
|Georgia Gray||Women’s 50m Freestyle|
|Nikita Howarth||Women’s 50m Freestyle|
|Mary Fisher||Women’s 50m Freestyle|
Gold – PB