With one day of swimming complete at this year’s Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California, New Zealand has captured two golds. Vision impaired swimmer Mary Fisher won both, a gold in the women’s 100m butterfly and a gold in the women’s 50m freestyle.
Two New Zealand swimmers put up fourth place finishes in falling just out of medal range. S9 classified Jesse Reynolds finished fourth in the men’s 400m freestyle and S9 classified Georgia Gray finish fourth in the women’s 50m freestyle. Reynolds, Daniel Gaualofa and Fisher all set personal bests on the day.
Four members of the team competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, including Pascoe, Fisher, Howarth and Dubber. Dubber is returning to the team after an absence from international competition following the Paralympic Games. Gray, Clement, Gaualofa and Arbuthnott are all are making their international debut at the competition.