Silver end to Kiwis' series

SWIMMING
Last updated 12:00 13/11/2012

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Silver medals to Olympic swimmers Glenn Snyders and Melissa Ingram brought the curtain down on a successful campaign in the FINA World Cup.

For the first time, in the Singapore leg of the series, Snyders, 24, had to settle for second in the 100m breaststroke after a massive battle with Australian Christian Sprenger.

The New Zealander turned just ahead but was chased down by Sprenger, who won in 57.46, the fastest time in the series, which ended yesterday.

Snyders was second in 58.18.

The Kiwi competed in 34 races in eight countries in 16 days. Snyders enjoyed 15 podiums from his 16 finals, including five wins and two New Zealand records.

Ingram, 27, was second to Australian Angie Bainbridge in the 400m freestyle final. The lead changed throughout the race, with the New Zealander ahead by 0.3sec at the 350m mark. The Australian finished stronger to win in 4:04.14, with Ingram 0.13sec behind in her fastest time of the series.

It marked a massive campaign for Ingram, who competed in 40 races in the eight meets, with 15 podiums from her 20 finals, including five victories. With Ingram mixing top performances in both freestyle and backstroke, she also pushed into the top-10 overall female performances on the circuit.

Stops included Doha, Dubai, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore.

Snyders will return home for a break before preparing for the world long course championships in Barcelona in July, while Ingram will freshen before focusing on next month's world short course championships in Turkey.

In other efforts, Mitchell Donaldson (North Shore) was fourth in the 200m individual medley (1:58.74), with Taranaki's Dylan Dunlop-Barrett eighth (2:03.64).

Olympian Matthew Stanley (Matamata) was sixth in the 200m freestyle in 1:45.02, while Jessica Marston (West Auckland Aquatics) was eighth in the 400m freestyle in 4:18.84.

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- The Marlborough Express

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