Para Swimming World Records Fall At Aussie Virtual C’ships


In addition to some top swims from able-bodied swimmers at the 2020 Australian Virtual Short Course Championships, the para-swimming set also did major damage along the way.

As a reminder, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in history, the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships are taking place virtually. Contested as 4 sessions of timed finals, the virtual competition spans Brisbane (Chandler), Sydney (Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre), Hobart (Hobart Aquatic Centre), Perth (HBF Stadium) and Melbourne (MSAC subject to COVID restrictions).

USC Spartan Jacob Templeton clocked an S13 World Record in the men’s 200m freestyle, clocking a time of 1:55.96. Aquadot teenager Alexander Tuckfield was also in the race and punched a World Record of his own for the S9 class, while Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson made it a trifecta with a World Record in the S3 class.

Templeton wasn’t done, however, as he would go on to break the World Record in the men’s 100m free (S13) as well.

Of his performances, Templeton stated, “We have been training hard all year and as a swimmer it feels like you are training 99% of the time so you can get very used to training but this is what we do it for, the racing and it’s good that it is paying off,” he said.

“I just stuck to my processes, swimming is all about the skills and short course is about the turns as well, so rather than just getting in there and grunting it I tried to work on those processes.”

Among the other para World Records broken was Katja Dedekind‘s mark in the women’s 50m back with the 19-year-old hitting a time of 30.33. Matthew Levy (SB6) also got it done in the men’s 100m breaststroke, cloning a World Record in 1:21.25 on the final night of competiton.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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