Swimming NZ hush-hush over relay team

SIMON PLUMB IN LONDON
Last updated 12:20 01/08/2012
Lauren Boyle
LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ
SECRET: Swimming NZ is refusing to confirm whether Lauren Boyle will be part of their 4x200m freestyle relay team.

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Swimming New Zealand refuses to confirm whether Lauren Boyle will compete in the Olympic Games tonight.

Swimming NZ responded to Fairfax Media enquiries, through the New Zealand Olympic Committee, saying even though a decision has been made, the outcome will be withheld from the public until the team are officially called for the race because ''they do not want to give anything away.''

Boyle, who is so far the only Kiwi swimmer to reach an Olympic final at London 2012, is part of the women's 4x200m freestyle relay team set to compete in the second of two heats from 10.26pm.

But Boyle, who dropped the individual 200m freestyle on the eve of the opening ceremony to maximise her chances in the 400m, is now understood to have scratched the relay.

The dilemma facing the 24-year-old Aucklander is an individual 800m freestyle heat looming the following day – where she has another good chance of qualifying for an Olympic final.

Were Boyle to race in the relay and New Zealand qualified for the final, she would have only hours to recuperate for the 800m.

Potentially, Boyle could miss the relay heat and make herself available for the final, but it's an option which would only lessen, not eliminate, the danger of fatigue.

New Zealand's relay team would still be able to compete without Boyle with Melissa Ingram, Penelope Marshall, Samantha Lucie-Smith and Amaka Gessler all available.

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