2017 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Para Events
- Sunday, April 9th – Thursday, April 13th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Prelims at 11am local/Finals at 7:30pm local
- Multi-Class racing
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Editor’s note: Australia’s para-swimmers are competing in multi-class events this weekend. That means that the swimmer who touches first, in the fastest time, is not necessarily the event champion. Instead, results are standardized relative to the athletes’ classes and assigned a point value. Swims with the highest point values win.
The women’s 50 free, the very first final of any sort on day 4 of the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships, brought fireworks to the Sleeman Swimming Centre in Brisbane.
There, 25-year old Rachael Watson swam a 37.87 in the women’s 50 free, which earned her a whopping 1136 points and crushed the World Record for S4s in the event. When ratified, the time will eclipse the old record of 39.52 done last year by Mexico’s Nely Miranda Herrera. Herrera was 44-years old at the time of her swim.
In Rio, Watson set the Paralympic record in the event, and already held the Oceanic and Australian Records with a 39.97 from her international debut meet at the 2016 IDM Belin Open.
She won the race over Rio silver medalist Lakeisha Patterson (S8) who touched in 30.34 for a 941 point swim, and Maddison Elliott who was just behind her in 30.36 (939 points). Abigail Lihou took 4th with a 29.07 – a time that earned her 917 points and a world-#1 ranking in the S9 class.
Patterson would win the 200 IM later in the day with a 2:43.59 (867 points), beating out 15-year old Tiffany Thomas Kane, who swam a 3:10.53 (841 points).
In the men’s 50 free, Daniel Fox, an S14, settled his score with Mitchell Kilduff. The two tied as event champion with matching 24.67s at last year’s meet, but this year Fox was the no-doubt victor: finishing in 24.76 to Kilduff’s 25.41.
Rowan Crothers finished 3rd in 24.23 (873 points).
The men’s 200 IM was won by Matthew Levy in 2:37.58. He was almost 18 seconds slower than the runner-up Timothy Disken (2:19.78), but Levy being in the S7 class and Disken in the S9 class meant that Levy’s swim was a mere 2-points better for the title.