Swimmers from the NSW Institute of Sport have had a fruitful World Para Swimming World Series in Melbourne.
In the Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class, Jasmine Greenwood (S10) showed her class to nab gold in 1:03.40 (813 points), edging three-time Paralympian Ellie Cole (S9) from Knox Pymble recording 1:04.12 (810 points) who took silver. Ellie Cole also claimed silver in the Women’s 100m Backstroke.
Auburn’s Timothy Hodge (S9) improved on his Series performance from 2019, jumping from second place to the coveted top of the podium in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Multi-Class, clocking 1:01.77 and amassing 867 points.
In the Men’s 100m Backstroke Multi-Class Timothy Hodge (S9) notched up another gold medal, touching in 1:03.74 (886 points) to overcome tough competition in New Zealand’s Jesse Reynold’s and Auburn teammate Ricky Betar (S14) who snared bronze in 1:05.03 (757 points). Hodge also claimed the title in the 50m Backstroke whilst teammate Betar backed up to claim silver in the 50m Butterfly with Taylor Corry from Nelson Bay taking out the respective women’s event.
In the Women’s 100m Butterfly Multi-Class Taylor Corry (S14) snared silver in 1:07.22 (850 points). Corry also claimed bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
Still in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class, SLC Aquadot athlete Jade Lucy (S14) placed second in 2:17.56 (699 points).
Monte’s Rio Paralympian Tiffany Thomas Kane (SB7) fought hard against New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe (SB8) in the Women’s Open 50m Breaststroke Multi-Class, with her counterpart from across the ditch narrowly claiming victory.
“It was a good race, a tough race and I was only two points from getting gold, so I’m happy with the time, but it’s always close with these 50-metre races,” Tiffany Thomas Kane said.
“It’s really good to see some competitors I’ll be racing later on in Tokyo hopefully, so seeing how their times are going and how they’re progressing will give me some good hints for my time.”
Tiffany Thomas Kane (SB7) secured her second silver medal of the competition in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Multi-Class. The breaststroke specialist and world champion hit the wall in 1:34.80 (803 points) to nab second place. Thomas Kane then backed up to claim bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.
Rounding out the top three in the Men’s Open 50m Breaststroke Multi-Class was SOPAC’s Oscar Stubbs (SB13) who pencilled in a time 33.49 (597 points) to secure bronze. Stubbs backed up on Saturday to place third in the 50m Freestyle (S13).
After capturing top spot in the 50m race, Jake Michel recorded a strong swim of 1:08.38 (857 points) to beat out the USA’s Evan Austin (SB6) and fellow Dolphin, North Sydney’s Matthew Levy (SB6), who clocked 1:25.65 (776 points). Levy also claimed silver in the 200m Individual Medley.