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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.


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 (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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