Rivard and Meyers Repeat Gold Medalists at Para Pan Pacs Day 2

2018 PAN PACIFIC PARA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 of the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships featured finals of the women’s S3, 5, 7, 9-12 100 free; men’s S4-6, 8, 10, 12 100 free; women’s SB3 50 breast, and men’s SB 2-3 50 breast. There was also a 4×100 mixed S14 medley relay, and a 34-point men’s 4×100 free relay.

Canada’s Aurelie Rivard, who Thursday broke her own S10 400 free world record, took home golden again in the 100 free Friday night. The 22-year-old split 28.93/30.52 to win in 59.45, just under three tenths off her own world record of 59.17, and was over half a second ahead of New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe, the second-place finisher in 1:00.19.

The United States’ Becca Meyers, who also set a world record in the 400 Thursday night, won the S12 race in 1:01.01. Australia’s Ellie Cole the S9 race in 1:03.62; and McKenzie Coan led the U.S.’s sweep of the S7 race in 1:10.60.

Australia’s S10 swimmer Rowan Crothers won the 100 free in  51.16, followed by Brazil’s Phelipe Rodriguez in 53.03, and Australia’s Guy Harrison-Murray in 54.53. Also of note is that 17-year-old Ben Popham won the S8 race in 59.33, grabbing his first international gold.

The U.S.’s Leanne Smith won the SB3 50 breast in 57.62. In second was Brazil’s Patricia Santos in 1:02.80, and Australia’s Rachael Watson was third in 1:13.32.

Australia’s Ahmed Kelley won the men’s SB3 50 breast in 53.61, and his teammate Grant Patterson was the only SB2 swimmer, going 1:00.22.

The Australian team of Liam Schluter, Daniel Fox, Jamie Lee-Getson and Taylor Corry took gold in the S14 mixed 4×100 free relay in 3:57.86. The Australian men’s team of Tim Hodge, Rick Pendleton, Tom Disken and Matt Levy capped off the night with a win in the 34 point 4×100 medley relay, going 4:20.14.

 


											
										

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Kay
2 years ago

Correction. The women’s S8 100 free was removed from Paralympic events. Patterson claimed silver behind Ellie Cole in the S9 event in what was a very scrappy and slow swim by her standards. Jessica took the bronze. The swimming rules dictate that Patterson, and others, cannot set World Records if they have a classification status of no fixed review date. That is one small mercy.

Paul
Reply to  Kay
2 years ago

Thank goodness for that Kay, It would have been another terrible blow to Para-swimming, if Lakeisha (the disingenuous) Paterson had set a world record. Join the discussion…

Swimhard
2 years ago

Australian s14 Relay Team was also beaten by the Australian Development Relay Team.

Nojoke
2 years ago

The Paralympic movement is becoming irrelevant. It saw it’s apex in London 2012, but the attention the Paralympics finally achieved opened a well-meaning movement up to opportunists. Cheating and deceiving is rampant, and not just by poor countries looking for any opportunity. The USA has athletes who are falsely classified (Michelle and Stephanie are the two most obvious). Australia has obvious cheats and don’t get me started about Ukraine and now even the Netherlands. The movement punishes it’s best. Jess Long is the poster child of the Para-movement, yet how can a woman with nothing below the knees compete with athletes with 4 full extremities and no disability that is consistent. Patterson of Australia can jump 3 feet in the… Read more »

Sara
Reply to  Nojoke
2 years ago

There is a video about 50 minutes long on lakeisha Patterson that I have seen where she openly states that her Micrographia along with her early onset Parkinson’s has not been officially medically diagnosed as yet.

If this was to be given to WPC would they execute an investigation into her finally? If there are people from al over the world who believe that she is cheating then something needs to be done here.

Fred
Reply to  Sara
2 years ago

I have seen that one. She states something along the lines of she has early onset Parkinsons Disease – well, actually it has not been diagnosed but I have some of the symptoms. The IPC used to have Parkinsons Disease on her athlete bio for goodness sake (may still be there – not sure). So they have accepted this as part of her disability when it has not been diagnosed – she just thinks she might have it!! Yet when anyone complains about her to SAL, the APC or IPC the standard line is that it has all been investigated and all is squeaky clean. Absolutely beggars belief.No one from any of these organisations has realised that she has just… Read more »

Paul
Reply to  Nojoke
2 years ago

Nojoke myself and others have personally witnessed and observed Patterson of Australia on several occurrences walking perfectly, with-out a limp or any hip wobble from several swimming championships. These incidents all occurred after the swimming competitions were finished and when Paterson was walking to the car parks at both the Chandler sports in Brisbane and the Adelaide Aquatic centre in South Australia. Several people have also witnessed her walking normal at the Brisbane airport. She has also been witnessed running along several beaches on the Sunshine coast in Queensland. She only limps and hobbles when the media are around at major swimming championships. The Paralympic movement is a toothless tiger and is deliberately turning a blind eye to Intentional Misrepresentation,… Read more »

Kay
Reply to  Nojoke
2 years ago

Very sad to read this. Until very recently I would have defended the IPC and the Paralympic movement to the death and say you were talking nonsense. I didn’t understand why the IPC wouldn’t classify the Australians and was informed that they have no interest in Para Pan Pacs. Now I realise that the IPC do recieve what certainly appears to be genuine evidence of cheating (photographs of Lakeisha Patterson from a previous story that, oh, well just left me speechless) and they choose to defend/glorify rather than punish? I really don’t understand. Why they would do that? What benefits does burying ones head in the sand and ignoring strong evidence of cheating bring? I am confused and find myself… Read more »

Fred
Reply to  Nojoke
2 years ago

I posted these on the previous story but will post again. Patterson does not have a clawed hand at all except for classifiers and cameras.
https://we.tl/s-ShGbWxF85x

Kay
Reply to  Fred
2 years ago

Thank you Fred. These are the photographs I mentioned. How can these possibly be explained by Patterson and the IPC? And, who self diagnoses Parkinsons Disease? Surely it is very easy for the IPC to out her? She is certainly making it very easy for them. I honestly do not understand this. Her Parkinsons Disease claim is still listed on the IPC website, I’ve just checked. So, let me get this straight. Patterson just told them that she has Parkinsons Disease and they just said ok that’s fine? No official medical diagnosis needed? A medical diagnosis that she now states she has never even had? Is there more?

Fred
Reply to  Kay
2 years ago

Obviously the CP diagnosis is also fabricated. She has absolutely no sign of CP hemiplegia. And bear in mind she is S8 (S7 at one stage) so the spasticity should be blatantly obvious but is spectacularly absent.

Paul
Reply to  Fred
2 years ago

Wow, what a blatant, disingenuous, fraudulent cheater, SHAME on HER and all those responsible for allowing this disgusting criminal conduct to occur.

Folk’s when you receives moneys from both the Australian tax payers and monies from overseas organisations because of alleged Para swimming medical conditions, in which you do NOT have, that is FRAUD, which is a serious criminal indictable offence. I cannot wait until this whole sordid affair blows wide open in the international media, just like the Lance Armstrong cycling affair!!!

Swimhard
2 years ago

If you have information you want to share regarding intentional misrepresentation, or report a swimmer, what do you do? Where do you send information? Thanks

Fred
Reply to  Swimhard
2 years ago

Therein lies the problem Swimhard. There is nowhere to go. If it is one of the cheating Australians, don’t bother with Swimming Australia or the APC. They will ignore you at best, but may threaten you at worst. They are completely complicit with the cheating. The IPC have absolutely no intention of ever dealing with any case of IM and no matter how substantive your evidence, they will ignore you. Welcome to the nightmare.

Swimhard
Reply to  Fred
2 years ago

Yeah it’s a swimmer on the Australian Development Team, hasn’t been classified as yet. Just wondering if they can be stopped beforehand.

Kay
2 years ago

Watching Patterson mow down McKenzie Coan has left me feeling physically sick. Able bodied swimmers competing against/with amputees and dwarfs.

Mark
2 years ago

For all those who have seen just a few of the photos of Lakeisha Patterson trust me me there are loads more.
These have been passed on to peter van der villet director of Classification at IPC.
He told me personally that they would act if the evidence is presented, but yet again he has failed to act.
Patterson is protected by all levels of the Aussie set up and until the tax paying public in Australia start asking questions she will continue to get away with it.

I contacted her mother and provided the evidence of her daughters magic hand to see what she would say, she removed the photos I posted on her daughters… Read more »

Kay
Reply to  Mark
2 years ago

Are you a neurologist Mark?

Mark
Reply to  Kay
2 years ago

What a strange question but let me help you, I have seen evidence proving her condition, which is more than can be said for LP

Swimhard
Reply to  Mark
2 years ago

Australia’s new superstar s14 in the making attends a mainstream school in an academically gifted program. Never even swam Multiclass until April this year, but breaks Australian Open records nearly everytime he hits the pool. Can’t quite work this one out and how they think he’ll get classified.

Fred
Reply to  Swimhard
2 years ago

The Australian powers that be will get him classified, you can be certain of that. Dodgy up some documents, train him how to respond and behave as though he is intellectually impaired, possibly flick some funding through to the IPC. Done deal.

Swimhard
Reply to  Fred
2 years ago

Absolutely seems that way, can swim age and MC in same week, 3-4 secs slower in MC but still fast enough to win funnily enough. Lightning fast off the blocks consistently and joking at Age Nationals about being “accidentally” s14 all of a sudden. Don’t know much about para (swims against my son in age) but if this kid meets the criteria I’ll eat my hat. Has raised lots of questions in age circles but he keeps turning up in para events. Don’t understand it at all. This is a very successful age swimmer that at 14 discovers he has an intellectual disability, I don’t think so.

Sara
Reply to  Swimhard
2 years ago

Need to start with whoever classified him as an S14 nationally. There lies the first problem. Unfortunately they get in via National classifiers who don’t have the credentials really to clasify.

Don’t take this the wrong way but anyone can pretend to be an ID athlete, they even made a movie about it.

Swimhard
Reply to  Sara
2 years ago

Really??? I didn’t know that. What’s the movie? My son swims age so I know nothing about para swimming. Just so much talk about this kid as a regular National age finalist, who breaks NSW Age records like the are nothing all of a sudden crossing over. This kid has near perfect technique (comment by MANY age coaches), super super fast reaction time, supposedly gifted academically until April! I just can’t understand it. So sorry this happens in your sport!

Kay
Reply to  Swimhard
2 years ago

The Ringer, Johnny Knoxville. 100% endorsed by the Special Olympics. Many Special Olympic athletes were used in the film. It is very funny and actually a positive movie (mostly). It would appear that anyone can pretend to have Cerebral Palsy and Parkinsons Disease – not so funny.

Paul
Reply to  Swimhard
2 years ago

Folk’s SWIMHARD is so correct, just goggle up Ricky Betars name and check out all the Australian media news stories on the lad before swimming Australia take down those stories!!!

Paul
Reply to  Sara
2 years ago

Well said and so very true SARA!!!

Paul
Reply to  Mark
2 years ago

Once again brilliantly stated and so very true Mark!!!

Swimhard
Reply to  Fred
2 years ago

Wow!! That’s really disturbing. Though I doubt the swimmer in question here has an IQ lower than 75, let alone 70, given he reports he’s in a gifted academic program! But still terrible that it appears this easy to cheat the system.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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