7 Oct 2017

Pascoe and Fisher finish with records

6:26 am on 7 October 2017

Para swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher closed out their national short course championships with a world record each.

Sophie Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe Photo: Photosport

Pascoe had an outstanding national short course campaign which included breaking six world records.

The Christchurch swimmer capped the event by reclaiming the S10 100m butterfly world record with a time of 1:03.13, beating the old record held by Australian Paige Leonhardt by almost four seconds.

"It's been a pleasure to be back home to race and be a part of a great week," says Pascoe.

Wellingtonian Mary Fisher also got a world record of her own. Fisher set a new S11 100m butterfly world Para short course record with a time of 1:16.77, taking almost four seconds off her personal best.

13-year-old Erika Fairweather (Neptune) from Dunedin has also put on a record-breaking display, breaking the national girls 13-years 800m freestyle record with a time of 8:58.05.

Fairweather admitted after the race that she was gunning for the record.

"It feels great, I'm really excited. The body is a bit sore now, but it should be good for the 100 free tomorrow."

This week Fairweather has also broken the national girls 13-years 400m individual medley (4:55.18), 400m freestyle (4:22.52) and 200m freestyle (2:03.57) records.

Brearna Crawford (MAGS), 14, is another youngster who has been in scintillating form this week. In the morning session Crawford set a national girls 14-years 100m butterfly record with a time of 1:00.88.

This adds to the 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly records she's broken earlier this week.

After suffering from a bout of illness over the last couple of days, Daniel Hunter teamed up with his Howick Pakuranga club mates to dominate the men's 4x50m freestyle over North Shore A and Heretaunga Sundevils. The crowds wait to see if Hunter is well enough to compete tomorrow in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke.