See Haven Shepherd qualify for medal race final in Tokyo 200 IM at Paralympics; Update: placed 5th in Tokyo final

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Hometown girl ranks 5th in the world

CARTHAGE, Mo. — It was a crowded room that came to cheer on Carthage swimmer Haven Shepherd, who was on the the other side of the world. Nearly two weeks ago she flew to Japan for the Paralympic games which began on Thursday.

3:08:04 GARNERED HER 3RD PLACE. RANKING HER 8TH IN PRELIMS. SHE QUALIFIED FOR THE FINAL MEDAL SWIM.

I finished 5th in the world in my 200IM with a best time for me…3:03.59 To start the year I had 3 goals. 1. make the…

Posted by Haven Shepherd on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Her mother Shelly Shepherd invited everyone to the viewing party Friday evening in Carthage on the square at The Woodshed. “I didn’t know how I was going to feel with all these people watching. Like I was was going to be too nervous. But it ended up being so exciting!

Shelly tells us beforehand that Haven will most-likely need to finish at least with a 3:05 and 8th overall in the preliminaries for the 200 IM in order to advance to the final. And she did that!

Haven finished 3rd in her preliminary with a time of 3:08:04. And that placed her 8th so she qualified for the final where she will swim for a medal at 4:48 a.m. Saturday morning Joplin time. “That’s her best time ever!” Shelly said.

UPDATE: Haven placed 5th in the final early Saturday morning. “I finished 5th in the world in my 200IM with a best time for me…3:03.59.” Haven stated in a message on FB.

“I finished 5th in the world in my 200IM with a best time for me…3:03.59. To start the year I had 3 goals. 1. make the Paralympic team. 2. make finals. 3. set a personal record. Thank you all SO MUCH for your support!”  — Haven Shepherd, Carthage, Mo. 

Rob Shepherd, Haven’s dad, and longtime friend of ours, tells us since it’s the medal race it should get replayed a lot through the day on Saturday.

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