On the third night of the New Zealand National Championships Sophie Pascoe became the first S10 female swimmer to break the one minute barrier in the 100 freestyle posting a time of 59.77. Pascoe broke her own world record of 1:00.15, which she set in 2013 at the IPC World Championships in Montreal.
“That’s amazing. I’ve been chasing that minute mark for three years so to get it is fantastic,” Pascoe told Swimming New Zealand. “It was fantastic to be able to get that world record at home in front of so many fans. They were great tonight, I could hear them as I came down that final 15 metres.”
With the IPC World Championships in Glasgow only 12 weeks away this is a promising result for Pascoe.
“I’ve done a taper but not a full taper and still have a good stint of training ahead. But I guess my rivals will see this with some interest.”
Pascoe holds the world records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 50 backstroke and the 200 IM.
She took the 100 freestyle gold medal at the Paralympics where she set a new Paralympic record posting a 1:00.89.
Coming into the competition in the middle of a tough training cycle Commonwealth Games silver medalist Lauren Boyle put up an impressive time in the women’s 800 freestyle taking the event in a time of 8:23.57. Boyle negative split the race taking the first 400 meters out in a 4:12.
Boyle’s best is an 8:18.58 which she posted at the World Championships in 2013,“That was five seconds outside my best so that is quite pleasing for a lot of swims in just three days. I know I have plenty of hard work ahead but I am encouraged by this.”
Her winning time now places her third in the world rankings.
20 year old Emma Robinson took the silver in a time of 8:31.96, which clears the World Championships qualifying time by three seconds. Boyle was impressed by Robinson’s performance,“It has been a long time since New Zealand has had two swimmers at a world championship in the 400 and 800 free,” Boyle said.
“That was a great effort from Emma and it shows the growing depth in New Zealand swimming when you have one person who is able to get some success and others see what can be done.”
Other medal winning performances on the third night of the championships include:
Men 100m butterfly: Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield) 53.72, Alex Hancock (Howick Pakuranga) 54.40, Isaac Foote (Masterton) 54.55
Women 100m freestyle: Laura Quilter (North Shore) 56.64, Georgia Marris (United) 56.73, Samantha Lee (Capital) 57.10
Men 200m backstroke: Corey Main (Howick Pakuranga) 2:01.00, Matthew Stanley (Matamata) 2:01.46, Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield) 2:01.91
Women 200m breaststroke: Taylor McKeown (Visitor, Australia) 2:25.93, Natasha Lloyd (North Canterbury) 2:32.00, Abbie Johnston (North Shore) 2:36.53, Jane Ip (West Auckland) 2:40.43, 3.
Men 200m breaststroke: Julian Layton (Greendale) 2:12.81, Glenn Snyders (North Shore) 2:13.34, Alex Peach (United) 2:14.92
Women 50m butterfly: Laura Quilter (North Shore) 27.38, Samantha Lee (Capital) 27.47, Emily Rennell (Jasi) 27.73, 3.
Men 50m freestyle: Daniel Hunter (Howick Pakuranga) 22.59, Corey Main (Howick Pakuranga) 22.87, Sam Perry (St Peter’s) 22.99
Men 100m butterfly: Jesse Reynold (Fairfield) 1:05.07, Christopher Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker) 1:06.05, Hamish McLean (Wanaka) 1:41.71
Women 50m butterfly: Nikita Howarth (Te Awamutu) 35.77 (Qualified IPC World Championships); Bryall McPherson (North Shore) 38.57.
Men 50m freestyle: Christopher Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker) 27.97, Jesse Reynolds (Fairfield) 28.88, Daniel Gaualofa (Bay of Islands) 27.31, 3.
Men 150m individual medley: Cameron Leslie (Laser Mt Eden) 2:31.18(Qualified IPC World Championships)