Aspden’s first-career Paralympic Games medal came in an exciting S9 100 backstroke race that saw her produce a 1:10.67 for bronze. The first-time Paralympian finished only behind Nuria Maques Soto of Spain, who won silver, and Australian Ellie Cole, who snatched gold with a Paralympic record of 1:09.18. Aspden made her Paralympic Games debut back on day two of competition, but clearly saved her best effort for last. The 16-year-old Tar Heel State native finished her Rio schedule this evening, having competed in five individual events in her debut.
Aspden racked up her second medal of the night in the women’s 4×100 34 pt. medley relay alongside U.S. teammates Marks, Smith and Konkoly. The third-place finish supplied Marks and Smith with their second medals of the Games, while it upped Konkoly’s total to four. Marks won the SB7 100 breaststroke last Saturday, Smith took silver in the 4×100 34 pt. freestyle relay last night with Konkoly, who struck gold in the S9 50 and 100 freestyle.