Lauren Boyle off the pace in Games build-up

12:23, Jun 11 2014
Lauren Boyle
TACTICS: Top Kiwi swimmer Lauren Boyle has withdrawn from the 200m freestyle to focus on the 800m event at the Pan Pacific Champs.

A head cold and a taxing training load hindered Lauren Boyle in her first competitive swim since the New Zealand championships.

Boyle was fifth in the women's 400-metre freestyle final and sixth in the 200m free at the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco last weekend.

The triple bronze medallist at last year's world championships was almost 4 seconds behind 200m winner and likely Commonwealth Games rival Karin Prinsloo, of South Africa, finishing in 2min 01.11sec.

Her 400m time of 4:08.50 put her 3sec behind winner Katinka Hosszu, of Hungary, with Prinsloo third.

Boyle won the 200m, 400m and 800m at the national championships in April and will represent New Zealand in those events at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next month, as well as the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

The 26-year-old has been registering heavy mileage in training under the guidance of coach Fred Vergnoux at Font Romeu, France, and Barcelona, and will continue her altitude training at Sierra Nevada. She will be joined by most of the Glasgow-bound New Zealand swim team this week.

The Kiwi swimmers will compete in the French open championships at Vichy on July 4 and 5 and then hold a final training camp in Mallorca.

Top breaststroker Glenn Snyders and backstroker Corey Main will remain in the United States competing before joining the team in Mallorca, while freestylers Matt Stanley, Tash Hind and Sydney-based Mitchell Donaldson will race and train in Australia before contesting the Vichy event.