Clareburt breaks 100m Freestyle
An incredible swim from Lewis Clareburt tonight. The Captital swimmer broke a New Zealand Open Record in the 100m Freestyle, swimming 48.96 seconds in the first leg of the Men’s The 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. The previous record of 49.11 was held by Daniel Hunter from HPK.
Clareburt wasn’t far off the Olympic Qualification standard for this event (48.57). He is sixth seed in the individual event on Saturday. Top seeds for this event are Tyron Henry from Pukekohe Swim Club and Zac Reid from Aquabladz.
Erika Fairweather from Neptune Swim Club, who has already swum under the qualification standard in the Women’s 400m Freestyle, lowered her entry time by .69 of a second, finishing with a time of 4:06.54 seconds. Fairweather broke a new 17-years Age Group record with this time, which she held herself.
In the Men’s 400m Freestyle, Zac Reid took the win, swimming a personal best time of 3:47.74 seconds. Clareburt followed in second (3:48.62) and Louis Clark from North Shore Swim Club took third place.
In the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Multi-class event, Jane Fox (SB14), from Orca Swim Club, broke the New Zealand Para Open Record with a time of 52.33 seconds. Jane held the previous record of 52.67.
16-year-old Sionann Murphy (SB6) from Coast Swim Club broke the 16 & Under Para record in the heat (1:00.90) and then again in the finals (1:00.84). She hasn’t got too far to go to close the gap on the Open Record, held by Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Rebecca Dubber (53.70).
Whilst this is not a Paralympic event for anyone in the field, this event is a warm for the 100m Breaststroke which takes place on Saturday. In the 100 Breaststroke, Sophie Pascoe (SB8) and Nikita Howarth (SB7) have previously swum under the qualification standard for the Paralympics so will be looking to lower their entry time, break the NZ Open record or, for Nikita, perhaps a World Para Swimming Record (1:28.13).
Helena Gasson from Coast Swim Club, who currently holds the New Zealand Open Record for the Women’s 100m Butterfly (58.51), swam slightly under in the finals, finishing in 58.98. the Olympic Qualification standard for this event is 57.92.
David Beck (S14) from Mt Eden Swim Club broke the new Zealand Para Record in the 100m Butterfly, swimming 1:06.66. He shaved over a second off the previous record he held (1:07.70).