Sophie Pascoe emphasised her gold medal credentials with a convincing heat win in the pool in Glasgow today.
The 21-year-old para-swimmer from Christchurch convincingly won the sole heat of the women's 100m breaststroke SB9 event in one minute 19.71 seconds to confirm her hot favouritism for the final this morning (NZ time).
Pascoe was 2.37 seconds ahead of second-placed Erraid Davies of Scotland and is poised to claim New Zealand's first gold - and first medal - in the pool on the fourth day of competition.
Nikita Howarth, having moved up a category to compete at Glasgow, was seventh in the same heat in 1:33.15.
Lauren Boyle will also be after gold in the women's 800m freestyle on Tuesday morning (NZ time).
Boyle won her heat in 8:24.85 after a tight tussle throughout with Australia's Alanna Bowers.
After looking sharp in her 200m final, which saw her finish fourth, Boyle was again quick in swimming first for the NZ 4x200 freestyle relay team. She backed that up over the long-distance event to be the second-fastest qualifier for the final behind Wales' Jazmin Carlin, who set a Commonwealth Games record of 8:22.69 in the final heat.
Boyle's team-mate Emma Robinson missed out on a place in the final when fourth in the same heat as her fellow Kiwi in 8:41.02 for 10th-equal overall.
After a disappointing fifth in the 100m breaststroke final the previous night, Glenn Snyders won his heat in the 50m event.
Snyders' time of 27.45 seconds placed him fourth-fastest ahead of tonight's semifinals.
The men's 4x200m freestyle relay quartet of Steve Kent, Ewan Jackson, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Mitchell Donaldson qualified fourth-quickest for the final, with their heat time of 7:19.69 putting them behind Australia, South Africa and Scotland.
Samantha Lucie-Smith, also part of the 4x200m freestyle relay team that was fourth in their final just over 12 hours prior, finished fourth in her 100m freestyle heat in 55.71. That saw her advance to the semifinals later in the day as the eighth-fastest qualifier.