Earlier today at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland, Sophie Pascoe set a new world record in S10 100 meter freestyle with a time of 59.77. Her time was the first time someone in her class had cracked the 1 minute barrier. Earlier in the day in the heats, she swam the distance in a time of 1:01.14 to qualify for the finals.
Pascoe celebrated her success on Facebook, saying, “Finally broke the 1min barrier in the 100m free tonight in a WR time 59.77 Couldn’t be happier to do it in front of home crowd! Thanks for everyone’s support and messages! #NZOpens15” She was quoted by Swimming New Zealand as saying, “That’s amazing. I’ve been chasing that minute mark for three years so to get it is fantastic,” Pascoe said. “It was fantastic to be able to get that world record at home in front of so many fans. They were great tonight, I could hear them as I came down that final 15 metres.”
So far at these championships, Pascoe has set four IPC Swimming World Championships qualifying times. That competition is scheduled to get underway in July in Glasgow. She should be joined by at least seven other New Zealand swimmers who set qualifying times in the competition so far.