Yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland on the second full day of competition at the Commonwealth Games, Nikita Howarth finished fifth in the women’s para-swimming S8 100 meter freestyle final with a time of 1:19.36, two seconds faster than the time she posted in the heats.
The race was run by Australia’s Maddison Elliott, who swam it in a world record time of 1:05.32. England’s Stephanie Elizabeth Slater finished second. Lakeisha Patterson of Australia was third. Canada’s Morgan Bird was fourth. Kenya’s Ann Wacuka was sixth.
PNZ Swim Head Coach Jon Shaw said of her performance, “Nikita put in a great effort on the World stage. She has been working hard on some technique changes that will carry her forward into other international competitions this year and also towards 2016. She is gaining great experience as part of the NZ Commonwealth Games Swim Team and she’s looking forward to her next race on Sunday – the SB9 100 Breaststroke.”
Howarth was New Zealand’s youngest ever Paralympian in 2012 when she competed in London at the Paralympics. These Commonwealth Games are Howarth’s first. The Games schedule do not play to Howarth’s strengths. Competing at last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships, she came away with a gold medal in the 200 meter individual medley and a bronze in the 50 meter butterfly. Her remaining race in Glasgow is the women’s 100 meter breaststroke SB9 race.