Sophie Pascoe breaks six world records in a week at NZ short course swimming championships
Champion Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe has broken two more world records at the national short course swimming championships.
Pascoe, from the QEII Swim Club in Christchurch, had already broken four world Para swimming records at the championships in Auckland before she set two more on Thursday in the women's SM10 100m individual medley (1 minute and 05.01 seconds) and S10 50m freestyle (27.22s).
The 24-year-old's coach, Roly Crichton, said they were still seeking improvement for Pascoe, who is New Zealand's most successful ever Paralympian with a medal count of 15, which includes nine golds.
"We really have been working on my freestyle for the past few months," Pascoe said. "We've been looking at the stroke rate, shortening the stroke rate, to be able to get that drive from the front and obviously the work has been paying off."
Whangarei's Ciara Smith, 16, won the female 200m breaststroke A final and set a new open women's and 16 years age group record with a time of 2m and 25.82s, finishing ahead of Rio Olympian Helena Gasson.
Daniel Hunter, from the Howick Pakurange Swim Club in Auckland, overcame an illness to win the men's 50m freestyle A final in 22.16s and Gabrielle Fa'amausili won the women's A final event in a new 17 years age group record of 24.95.
Fa'amausili, from the United Swim Club in Auckland, also set a new age group record of 1m and 2.04s in the 100m individual medley.
New Plymouth's Zac Reid beat Waikato Olympian Bradlee Ashby in the men's 400m freestyle A final, winning 0.10s and and set a new 17 years age group record time of 3m and 46.11s.
The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland.