6 Oct 2017

More records for Sophie Pascoe

7:09 am on 6 October 2017

Sophie Pascoe's world record breaking campaign has continued with another two marks set at the National Short Course Champs in Auckland.

Sophie Pascoe during the Womens 200m Individual Medley SM10 Swimming at the Rio Paralympics. 11 September 2016

Sophie Pascoe Photo: Photosport

The Christchurch para-swimmer set world records in the women's SM10 100 medley and the 50 freestyle.

She broke three other records earlier in the meet.

Even after fifteen years with her coach Roly Crichton, the pair are still looking at ways to improve her strokes.

"We really have been working on my freestyle for the past few months. 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."

Young Whangarei swimmer Ciara Smith earned a rapturous applause from the crowd after winning the women's 200m breaststroke A final, and setting a new open women's and 16 years age group record.

Smith finished ahead of Rio Olympian Helena Gasson and Cassandra Van Breugel.

"Breaking the record was definitely one of my goals, but I tried really hard for it not to distract me going into the race. When I touched the wall and turned around and saw the time, I was really happy and surprised. I then looked around for Mum and she had a huge smile on her face", says Smith.

The race marked the end of a successful championships for the young Northland swimmer, and she's now looking forward to taking a break.

"I'm going to take five days off to enjoy the school holidays and then it's back into training for Auckland age group champs", says Smith.