American Christie Raleigh-Crossley cracked the women’s S9 50 back world record at the Italy stop of the 2023 Citi Para Swimming World Series on March 12.
Raleigh-Crossley, a former NCAA DIII National Champion at Rowan University, won the United States’ only gold medal of the meet in that race. The 36-year-old para-swimmer also earned silver in the S9 100 back (1:12.60) and the S9 50 free (29.40).
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— U.S. Paralympics Swimming (@USParaSwimming) March 13, 2023
The excitement was high in Lignano when two Italian para-swimmers broke world records on home soil. Four-time Tokyo Paralympic medalist Simone Barlaam won gold in the S9 200 free (1:58.34) and S9 50 fly (26.05) with world record times while his teammate Stefano Raimondi, who took home a total of seven medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, crushed the S10 200 fly record with a time of 2:06.66.
Nine total world records fell in Italy:
- David Kratochvil (CZE) – men’s 200m back S11 (2:28.24), 50 back S11 (31.58)
- Maria Carolina Gomes (BRA) – women’s 50m free S12 (26.68)
- Simone Barlaam (ITA) – men’s 200m free S9 (1:58.34), S9 50m fly (26.05)
- Stefano Raimondi (ITA) – men’s 200m fly S10 (2:06.66)
- Chantalle Zijderveld (NED) – women’s 200m breast SB9 (2:45.07)
- Christie Raleigh-Crossley (USA) – women’s 50m back S9 (32.01)
- Gabriel Araujo (BRA) – men’s 50m fly S2 (55.49)
Italy was the second of nine stops of the 2023 Citi Para Swimming World Series. The following weekend, from March 16-19, a total of 311 para-athletes from 36 nations competed at the Sheffield meet in Great Britain.
Another nine world records were crushed in Sheffield:
- Gabriel Araujo (BRA) – men’s 150m medley S2 (3:23.83), 50m butterfly S2 (53.80)
- Maria Carolina Gomes (BRA) – women’s 50m breast SB12 (33.60), 50m butterfly (29.19)
- Tomomi Ishura (JPN) – women’s 50m back (35.53)
- Marco Meneses (PRT) – men’s 50m back S11 (31.47)
- Josia Topf (GER) – men’s 50m fly S3 (49.20)
- Inaki Basiloff (ARG) – men’s 100m fly S7 (1:06.04)
- Samuel Oliveira (BRA) – men’s 100m fly S5 (1:16.44)
Next up for the Para Swimming World Series is the competition in Indianapolis on April 20.
2023 Citi Para Swimming World Series Schedule
|17-19 Feb||Australia (Melbourne)|
|9-12 Mar||Italy (Lignano)|
|16-19 Mar||Great Britain (Sheffield)|
|20-22 Apr||USA (Indianapolis)|
|5-7 May||Singapore (Singapore)|
|11-14 May||Germany (Berlin)|
|26-28 May||France (Limoges)|
|5-8 Oct||Mexico (Tijuana)|
Athletes will have a break to prepare for the Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester from July 31-August 6 before springing back into the World Series and racing in Mexico for the final stop in October.