Full house for ParalympicsGB in day two heats

Swimming News

Britain saw nine swimmers qualify for finals in the day two swimming heats at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, including four Paralympic debutants.

In the Men’s S7 50m Freestyle, both Jonathan Fox and Michael Jones made their way into the final.

Fox, who won silver in the Men’s S7 100m Backstroke final yesterday, qualified fifth fastest overall. The City of Manchester swimmer posted a time of 29.77, just over a second outside of his personal best time.

Jones, who made his first Paralympic appearance in this event, swam a new personal best time of 30.67. The swimmer, also of NPC Manchester, qualified in eighth position for an outside lane.

In the Women’s S7 50m Freestyle, Susannah Rogers of Beckenham SC was second fastest in heat one to qualify fourth fastest overall.

Robinson off to a strong start in 50m Butterfly

Ellie Robinson of Northampton showed she meant business in her first ever Paralympic race. She qualified fastest in the Women’s S6 50m Butterfly event to take lane four in the final. She touched in 36.62, a second over her personal best time, leaving something in the tank for tonight’s final.

Veteran Paralympian, Sascha Kindred of Hereford, also qualified for the Men’s S6 50m Fly final, coming second in heat one.

Lewis White qualifies third fastest in S9 400m Freestyle

City of Derby swimmer, Lewis White, put in a tremendous heat swim in the 400m Free. The 16-year-old was the third swimmer making a Paralympic debut today, and he did it in style, touching 4:22.63. This was a four second personal best time.

Jonathan Booth of Huddersfield also qualified for his first Paralympic final in the same event, going into the final in sixth place overall. He touched in 4:24.86 to become the seventh English swimmer to make a final on day two.

Amy Marren, who is entered into five individual events at Rio 2016, had a lot of competition in the Women’s S9 400m Freestyle. There were three heats for this event, and the Romford swimmer touched in 4:54.44 to qualify fourth fastest for tonight’s final.

NPC Manchester swimmer, Steph Slater, was the final swimmer to bag a place in tonight’s finals. She finished fifth fastest overall in the Women’s S8 100m Butterfly. The seven-time European champion touched in 1:16.32 to come second in her heat.