PARA SWIMMING CANADIAN OPEN
- Monday, October 2nd-Wednesday, October 4th
- Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre, Toronto, Canada
- Meet Information
- Psych Sheets
Day two of the Para Swimming Canadian Open featured the women’s and men’s S1-S13 50 free, SB4-SB9 and SB11-SB14 100 breast, S1-S2 and S6-S14 100 back, and the men’s SB1-SB3 50 breast and 4×100 free.
Note that in para swimming, the objectively fastest swim does not always win the race — times are plugged into a formula that accounts for a given swimmer’s classification, aiming to level the playing field. Swimmers are awarded points based on the calculation.
In the 50 free, Australian Rachael Watson (who swims in the S4 class) took the first win of the day in 39.02. She was followed by Canadian S10 swimmer Aurelie Rivard in 28.03. S10 swimmer Rowan Crothers nabbed his first win of the meet on the men’s side, going 23.94, followed by S7 swimmer Matthew Levy in 28.73.
12-year-old Jasmine Greenwood, who competes in the SB9 class, took first in the 100 breast with a 1:20.15. Close behind was Madeline Scott, also an SB9 swimmer, in 1:20.95. SB7 swimmer Blake Cochrane won the men’s race in 1:18.14, followed by SB9 swimmer James Leroux in 1:09.69.
21-year-old Shelby Newkirk downed the S7 100 back world record in 1:21.43, breaking German Kirsten Bruhn‘s previous mark of 1:21.57, set in 2012. Newkirk only began swimming when she was 15, after she was diagnosed with dystonia, a progressive disorder that affects movement and coordination in a similar way to Parkinson’s.
WORLD RECORD ALERT: Shelby Newkirk of Saskatoon has broken the WORLD record in the S7 100 backstroke in 1:21.43! pic.twitter.com/cSE0HgPc56
— Swimming Canada (@SwimmingCanada) October 3, 2017
“Going into it, I knew I was close and I knew what my goal times were,” Newkirk said. “I just went in with full focus on getting it and I just stomped my feet into the wall to get a rhythm and I really tried to push it through the first 50.”
33-year-old Benoit Huot, swimming in the S10 class, won the men’s race in 1:01.06.
The Australian men went 3:52.85 to top the 4×100 free relay unopposed.