The Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships are getting started this morning at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, California. There are delegations from 19 countries on deck, ready to swim fast and break records. Below are the events being contested in the first session.
Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle (Multi-Class)
Some of more exciting races to look forward to this morning are in the S14 and S5 classes. Taylor Corry, 19 (S14) and Kayla Clarke, 23 (S14), both of Australia, are entered with seed times within a half-second of each other, 2:13.45 and 2:13.93, respectively. They are used to racing each other and should propel each other toward the current S14 world record, a 2:09.88 set by Jessica-Jane Applegate of Great Britain at 2013 World Championships in Montréal.
Keep an eye Alyssa Gialamas, 18 (S5) of the US, who enters the meet with 3:15.22, and on Joana Silva, 27 (S5) of Brazil, whose seed time is 3:20.21.
In addition, Kayla Wheeler, 22 (S2) of the US is entered with a 5:49.55 which is only 9 seconds off the current S2 world record.
Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle (Multi-Class)
Bradley Snyder, 30 (S11) of US is back competing again for the first time since London in 2012, where he won a gold medal in the 400 free on the one year anniversary of losing his vision in the line of duty. His 4:32.41 seed time is 12 seconds off the world record.
Brendan Hall, 21 (S9) of Australia is the current world S9 record holder in the 400 free with 4:09.93 from 2013 World Championships in Montréal. His teammate Rowan Crothers, 16 (S9) is entered with a 4:12-low and should give Hall a great race.
Another name to remember is Ian Silverman, 18 (S10) of the US. Silverman won the gold medal in London and again in Montréal, and is only .5 off the world record with his entry time of 4:04.91.
Men’s 50 Meter Butterfly (Multi-Class)
The big races here will be those of current world record-holder and London gold medalist Daniel Dias, 26 (S5) of Brazil and Roy Perkins, 24 (S5) of US. Perkins beat Dias for the gold medal at 2013 World Championships in Montréal so Dias will be eager to reclaim his place atop the podium.
Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly (Multi-Class)
The most anticipated race of the day will be the women’s 100 fly. Jessica Long, who until yesterday was the S8 world record holder with 1:09.60 from Berlin this past April, will be trying to regain her place in the record books. At the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven yesterday, both Stephanie Slater of Great Britain and Ukraine’s Kateryna Istomina went under Long’s previous mark. Slater etched her name in the S8 record book with 1:08.20, while Istomina went1:09.09.
Australian teenager, Maddison Elliott, 15 (S8) is another one to look out for in the 100 fly. She is entered with 1:15.59, a significant margin away from the leaders, but the up-and-comer just broke Jessica Long’s S8 world record in 100 free at the Commonwealth Games last month so she’s got speed.
Women’s 50 Meter Freestyle (Multi-Class)
There will be a lot of great swimming in the women’s 50 free.
Alyssa Gialamas, (S5) of the US and Joana Silva (S5) of Brazil will be back after their 200 free to contest the sprint. Their seed times are 45.77 and 39.48, respectively.
In the S7 class, Leanne Smith, 26, and Cortney Jordan, 23, both of the US, and Brianna Nelson, 22, of Canada should have a competitive race. They are entered with respective seed times of 34.71, 33.18, and 34.18.
The S8 will pit Morgan Bird, 20, of Canada (31.73 seed time) and Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson, 15 (31.89), against the Australian teenager and world record-holder in this event Maddison Elliot (30.13, world record).
And in S9 we’ll see Georgia Gray, 21 of New Zealand (31.55), Camille Cruz, 22 of Brazil (31.66), Michelle Konkoly, 22 (30.06) and Lizzi Smith, 18 (30.55), both of the US, and Canada’s Katarina Roxon, 21 (31.18). The S9 world record is 29.04, set by Natalie Du Toit of South Africa.
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