Silver for Ingram at swimming World Cup

Last updated 08:21 04/10/2012

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Melissa Ingram began her post-Olympic international swimming campaign with a silver medal on the opening day of the FINA World Cup in Dubai.

Ingram finished second in the women's 200m backstroke in two minutes 05.22 seconds and in doing so the North Shore swimmer went 2s under the qualifying time for December's world short-course championships.

The 27-year-old led for all but the last 15m in the final before she was edged out by Ukraine's Darya Zevina, but produced a strong performance in her first-up swim in a series that features eight rounds across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Her fellow North Shore clubmate Glenn Snyders claimed his first podium of the series with third place in the final of the 50m breaststroke.

He was fourth fastest in qualifying and went one place better in the final in 27.03, which was 0.18s outside his national record.

Snyders was also seventh in the final of the 200m breaststroke in 2:10.38.

Of the other New Zealanders Australian-based Christchurch swimmer Cameron Simpson was eighth in the final of the 100m freestyle in 48.85s, while Michael Jack (Taranaki) was 10th in the 400m freestyle in 3:54.35.

The second night of the opening round is today with the second round in Doha at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Lauren Boyle and Sophia Batchelor added further qualifying performances to highlight the penultimate night of finals at the national short-course championships in Wellington.

Boyle (North Shore) confirmed her class to win the 400m freestyle in 4:02.43, which was more than four seconds inside the qualifying time for December's world championships.

Boyle qualified in the 800m freestyle earlier in the meet, and was delighted with her performance at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre.

"I didn't really stop training after the Olympics because I really wanted to qualify for the world champs at this meet.

''It would have been nice and healthy to have had a break and I probably should have but I needed to go to this meet in December.''

Batchelor, 17, followed her hot form by qualifying again, this time with a superb performance in winning the 100m butterfly.

This was the event in which Batchelor missed qualification for London but she was in dominant form last night, winning in 58.24s. This bettered the qualifying time for the world championships and broke her national record set at the Youth Commonwealth Games last year.

Batchelor did not rest on that performance, jumping back in the pool to win the 50m backstroke in 28.38.

Corey Main was again in winning form to take out the 100m freestyle ahead of 50m winner Nielsen Varoy, while Jeffrey Arona-Tuifana'e won the 50m breaststroke in 29.18.

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In the individual medley finals, Dunedin swimmers celebrated with wins. Kate Godfrey won the women's final over 200m in 2:14.32 and her Neptune clubmate Kurt Crossland won the men's 100m final in 54.68 after winning the 50m backstroke earlier in the night.

The championship finishes tonight.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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