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Medals flow at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

Day two of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Centre in California saw the NZ Para-Swim team win a total of two gold medals and one silver medal.

There were terrific swims by all the NZ Para-Swimmers who competed. The finals session started with the Women’s 400m free and Rebecca Dubber swam a brilliant race to claim the Silver medal in her fastest time of 05:32.07 since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Next up was Tayla Clement (S9) who recorded a PB time of 05:30.54 placing her 6th in the final. Mary Fisher (S11) was not to be outdone by her teammates and swam a world’s best and PB of 05:18.12 to claim the Gold Medal.

After a brilliant PB in her heat swim of 0:36.28 in the S7 Women’s 50m Fly this morning Nikita Howarth was the fastest qualifier for the final. She swam a very determined race and led from the start to record a very fast 0:35.35...another terrific PB for Nikita and a Gold Medal.

The Men’s 100m fly was next and Jesse Reynolds and Christopher Arbuthnott kept the NZ flag flying. Jesse swam a great PB to finish 4th in 01:05.34...dropping 1.74 seconds off his previous best. After establishing a PB in the heats (1:08.47) Christopher made his first international final and was placed 5th in a smart time of 1:08.76.

Both Christopher (S9) and Daniel Gaualofa (S10) competed in the heats of the Men’s 50m free this morning. Both established PB’s but narrowly missed their respective finals.

So far over 2 days competition the NZ team has amassed 16 PB swims with each swimmer establishing at least one personal best. The medal tally stands at 4 Gold and 1 Silver.

Tomorrow the team have another strong day with the Women’s 100m backstroke, Men’s 100m free, Men’s 100m breaststroke and the Women’s 34 point 4 x 100m Medley relay.


Results for Day 2 finals:





Final time

Final placing

Day 2: Thurs 7 Aug (US time) and Fri 8 Aug (NZT)



Rebecca Dubber

Womens 400m Freestyle




Tayla Clement

Womens 400m Freestyle




Mary Fisher

Womens 400m Freestyle




Nikita Howarth

Womens 50m Butterfly




Jesse Reynolds

Mens 100 Butterfly




Chris Arbuthnott

Mens 100 Butterfly





Note – the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is taking place in Pasadena, California, USA from 6 – 10 August. Swimmers from 19 countries are competing.

For more details please contact:

Melissa Dawson, Media Liaison
Paralympics New Zealand
Ph – 0204 0044 799 or 09 526 0760