A world record-breaking Australian Paralympic swimming team has been unveiled for Rio after the trials in Adelaide.
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14 Apr 2016 - 8:39 AM  UPDATED 14 Apr 2016 - 8:39 AM

A world record-breaking Australian Paralympic swimming team has been unveiled at the Rio trials in Adelaide.

A 31-strong national team has been finalised after three world records fell during the week-long selection meet.

The team will be spearheaded by dual Paralympian Ellie Cole who broke the eight year old S9 50m freestyle world record at the Adelaide trials.

The 24-year-old is also the current world champion in the event.

"For 50m freestyle - leg amputees aren't very good at it," Cole said.

"Natalie du Toit held the record before and to follow in her footsteps has been a dream of mine.

"I've been on the Australian swim team for 10 years now and performances like that just really remind you of what it is all about."

The squad's other world record breaker in Adelaide was 14-year-old Paralympic debutant Tiffany Thomas Kane (S6 50m breaststroke).

Australia have competed in swimming at every Paralympic Games, winning a total of 391 medals - 119 gold.

The Paralympics will be held in Rio from September 7-16.

The team will be completed when Swimming Australia makes five additional nominations in the coming weeks.

The women of the Australian Paralympic swimming squad

Emily Beecroft, Ellie Cole, Taylor Corry, Katherine Downie, Maddison Elliott, Tanya Huebner, Jenna Jones, Ashleigh McConnell, Monique Murphy, Lakeisha Patterson, Madeleine Scott, Tiffany Thomas Kane.