Seven-time Paralympic medallist and stalwart of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team, Matt Levy (Unan) has stunned his competition at the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane, setting a new S7 world record in the men’s 200m freestyle multi-class prelims.

Clocking a time of 2:16.74, Matt topped the qualifiers, finishing ahead of Paralympic Teammate Liam Schluter (Kawana Waters) in 1:57.56 and rising star Jack Ireland (UQ Swim Club) in 1:59.25.

With the national title still up for grabs, Schluter stepped up to take the crown in 1:58.13, followed by London 2012 representative Mitchell Kilduff (SLC Aquadot) in 1:59.94 and Ireland in 2:00.73.

Paralympic silver medallist Monique Murphy (Southport Olympic) also continued to impress, earning the women’s 200m freestyle multi-class title in 2:15.06, with up-and-comers Monique Beckwith (MLC Aquatic) and Jordan Harton (CYMS St Edmund’s) coming in second and third in 2:15.14 and 2:20.20, respectively.

In the men’s and women’s 100m butterfly multi-class finals, three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall (Lawnton) retained his title in 1:03.31 over rivals Timothy Disken (PLC Aquatic) in 1:03.36 and Timothy Hodge (The Hills) in 1:03.63, with new kid on the block Abigail Lihou (Ferny Hills) claiming gold in 1:07.76 ahead of Paralympic silver medallists Madeleine Scott (Nunawading) in 1:09.64 and Taylor Corry (MLC Marlins) in 1:10.30.

Heats commence at 11:00am AEST today.

By Swimming Australia

Posted: 12/4/2017

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