Australia’s Patterson Closes Indi Para World Series With Two Wins


Australian Lakeisha Patterson picked up two wins on the final day of the Para World Series in Indianapolis, giving her a total of five for the meet.

Patterson started off the session with a win in the women’s S8 100 free, putting up a time of 1:06.19 to finish ahead of Americans Julia Gaffney (1:15.39) and Ahalya Lettenberger (1:15.94). The two-time 2016 Paralympic gold medalist went onto also win the 100 fly in 1:18.61, ahead of Canada’s Danielle Dorris (1:22.07) and Colombia’s Laura Rodriguez (1:27.80).

After a massive 33 wins on day 2, Americans had another good showing on the third day with 19 more victories. Zachary Shattuck (S6) in particular had an impressive final day with wins in the 50 fly and 100 free.

“This weekend was fun to see everyone and reconnect with people,” he said. “It was good to get back in the pool after taking a little break. As I pick up my training, I have a lot of possibilities the next month and a half.”

Another American, Michelle Konkoly (S9), had a strong final day with a win in the 100 free and a runner-up finish in the 50 fly. Like Patterson, Konkoly was also a two-time gold medalist in Rio.

“This swim was awesome. It was so cool to swim one of my last races of the year against one of my biggest competitors,” she said.

“The young kids here are so excited and passionate about Paralympics. They’re dropping so much time, and it really makes me excited to see this next generation get ready to fill the gap of some of the people transitioning out of the sport.”

Also adding two wins on the final day was USA’s Becca Meyerswho also won two events on day 2. In the S13 class she stormed to victories in the 100 free (1:03.53) and 100 fly (1:07.46). Like Patterson, she finishes with five total wins for the meet as well.

The final stop of the para World Series will take place from July 6-9 in Berlin.

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6 years ago

The only reason she won is because She didn’t have any real competition and she was in the wrong class. Waste of a story really.

6 years ago

Well done! What a wonderful successful meet! Congratulations to the Aussies too!

6 years ago

Lots of young swimmers for USA showing up and competing well. Good to see an international meet in the USA. Hope they keep it on the schedule in future years.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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