Kiwi swimming pair gain medals in France

Last updated 13:28 06/07/2014
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KIWI HOPE: Lauren Boyle was one of two NZ swimmers to win a bronze medal on the second day of the French Open Championships overnight.

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New Zealand's Commonwealth Games swimming hopes Lauren Boyle and Matthew Stanley were on the podium on the second day of the French Open Championships in Vichy overnight.

They won bronze medals in the women's 400m freestyle and men's 200m freestyle, respectively, as most of the NZ team had strong hit-outs ahead of Glasgow.

Following on from victory in her favoured 800m freestyle the previous day, Boyle was third in the 400m freestyle behind current double world medley champion Katinka Hosszu from Hungary and Olympic medallist Coralie Balmy from France in 4:11.23.

Stanley, finding form since arriving from Australia last week, followed his podium in the 400m freestyle with third placing in the 200m. Australian hope David McKeon claimed the honours in 1:48.34 from Frenchman Clement Cote with Stanley third in 1:49.55, just over two  seconds off his best.

Glasgow-bound Kiwis qualified for seven other A finals on the second day of competition in Vichy.

Samantha Lee was fourth in the 200m butterfly in 2:15.44; Emma Robinson was fifth in the 400m freestyle in 4:124.68; Steven Kent  placed fifth in the 200m freestyle in 1:50.24 with Samantha Lucie-Smith seventh in the 100m freestyle clocking 56.72.

North Shore's Laura Quilter showed her versatility to place eighth in the 50m butterfly (27.33), 100m backstroke (1:04.92) and 100m  freestyle (56.83). She also combined with Stanley, Kent and Lucie-Smith to finish third in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay in 3:37.55, just pipping the other NZ combination of Ewan Jackson, Mitchell Donaldson, Lee and Tash Hind.

The NZ team now head to Mallorca, where they will be joined by American-based Glenn Snyders and Corey Main, for the staging camp  ahead of the Commonwealth Games starting on 24 July.

 


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