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Aussie Paralympic swim team named

Ellie Cole smiles after setting a world record and winning the Women's 50m Freestyle Multi-Class Final on day 1 of the Australian Swimming Championships at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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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 breakers in Adelaide were 14-year-old Paralympic debutant Tiffany Thomas Kane (S6 50m breaststroke) and three-time Paralympian Jeremy McClure (S11 50m backstroke).

The squad ranges from three-time Paralympians McClure, Matthew Levy and Rick Pendleton to Thomas Kane and Timothy Hodge, just 15.

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.