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Four New Zealand swimmers set qualifying times for Rio Paralympics

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With the first day of competition at the 2016 New Zealand Open wrapping up yesterday, four swimmers have met the minimum qualifying times for the Rio Paralympics.

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Hamish McLean started off the run of setting qualifying times in the men’s S6 category in the 400m freestyle with a time of  5:28.16  Mary Fisher and Rebecca Dubber set qualifying times in the women’s 400m freestyle event, with S11 swimmer Fisher finishing in a time of 5:23.76 while S7 Dubber swam a time of 5:39.04. Nikita Howarth set the last qualifying time, with a time of  time of 1:29.37 in the women’s S8 100m breaststroke.

Swimming has traditionally been one of New Zealand’s stronger sports at the Paralympic Games.  The country sent a seven strong swimming delegation, which included Howarth, Dubber, Fisher, Cameron Leslie, Daniel Sharp, Aine Kelly-Costello and Sophie Pascoe.  They claimed 5 of the 6 gold medals won by New Zealand, 6 of the 7 silvers and 1 of 4 bronze medals.

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2526 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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