During the New Zealand Short Course Championships being held at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Kilbirnie earlier today, Mary Fisher set a world record in the S11 100m individual medley with a time of 1:18.40. In the women’s S11 50m freestyle, she set a world record time of 31.79 in the heat, before going on to better her own newly established world record in the finals, which she swam in a time of 31.20. The world records come a day after she set a world record in the women’s S11 400m freestyle at the same competition.
Fisher was quoted by Parafed Wellington as saying, “It’s really exciting, it’s a PB and the world records are a bonus pretty muc[h]. Tonight I just worked on a couple of technical things in my individual medley and even though it wasn’t as straight, it was a good time so I’m happy with that. In the 50 free we had a lot of para girls swimming which was really exciting and it was cool to go fast in the morning.”
Twenty-one year old Fisher is one of the top New Zealand disability swimmers, and trains up to four hours a day. At the recently completed Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California, she won a gold in the women’s 100m butterfly and a gold in the women’s 50m freestyle. In London at the Paralympics, she won a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze. At last year’s world championships, she won five gold medals and a silver.