World champion Lauren Boyle has broken another national
record on her way to qualifying for the final of the 200m
freestyle on the final day of the FINA World Short Course
Swimming Championships in Turkey.
Boyle, who won the 800m freestyle and was third in the 400m
freestyle, produced a superb swim to be fourth fastest in the
heats today. The 24-year-old from the North Shore club
clocked 1:55.40, just over a second under the previous record
set by backstroke specialist Melissa Ingram in 1:56.32 at the
2008 World Cup meet in South Africa.
Boyle said she would treat the morning heat like a final as
her best chance of qualifying, with only 0.8 seconds
separating the top eight qualifiers.
Ingram, 27, was 15th fastest in 1:57.38, producing her best
time of the year to complete a strong championship for the
veteran North Shore swimmer, coached by Scott Talbot.
Earlier Howick Pakuranga's Corey Main was 17th fastest in
heats of the men's 200m backstroke in 1:54.70, to be a
fraction outside his best with the top eight through to the
Boyle will be the only New Zealander on the evening programme
while fellow Swimming New Zealand High Performance Centre
swimmer Matthew Stanley has his timed final in the 1500m
freestyle at the end of the morning session, with the fastest
heat to be swum at night.