NZ swimmers better qualifying marks

Last updated 08:45 05/10/2012

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Five New Zealand swimmers have gone under the tough qualifying standards for the world championships at the national short-course championships in Wellington this week.

The five swimmers produced seven performances under the qualifying standard for the world championships in Turkey in December.

With Melissa Ingram, Glenn Snyders and Cameron Simpson also achieving qualifying times at the Fina World Cup in Dubai during the past two days, New Zealand could be taking one of its biggest teams to the world championships.

It was a case of nearly but not quite on the final night with two close misses for qualifying at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre last night.

Olympian Lauren Boyle, who had already met the qualifying standards in the 400m and 800m freestyle, just missed out on adding a third qualifying time on her way to winning the 200m freestyle. She won in one minute 57.12 seconds to be less than a second outside world championship time.

Auckland's Corey Main, who had bettered the standard in the 100m backstroke, won the 200m backstroke in 1:54.39 to be only 0.16 outside the qualifying time.

In other swims, Christchurch's Abbie Johnston took out the 100m breaststroke while London Olympian Andrew McMillan won the 200m butterfly.

The swimmers to better the FINA A-qualifying times for the world championships were: Lauren Boyle (North Shore) 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle; Matthew Stanley (Matamata) 200m freestyle, Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga) 200m freestyle; Corey Main (Howick Pakuranga) 100m backstroke; Sophia Batchelor (Aquagym) 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke.

Meanwhile, Olympians Snyders and Ingram earned podium places and Christchurch sprinter Cameron Simpson broke a national record as all three went under the qualifying times at the FINA World Cup swim meet in Dubai yesterday.

Ingram qualified second fastest in both the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, but opted to focus on the freestyle race in the finals.

The 27-year-old, who was second in the 200m backstroke, was again second in the 400m freestyle (4:04.91) after a close battle with Hungary's Katinka Hosszu.

Snyders, third in the 50m breaststroke on the first day, went one better to finish second in the 100m breaststroke (58.42) behind Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh.

Australian-based Cantabrian Simpson finished fifth in a hot final of the men's 50m freestyle won by former Olympic and world champion Anthony Ervin of the US in 21.18. Simpson became the first New Zealander under the 22-second mark, clocking 21.69 which beat the record set by Nielsen Varoy in Wellington this week.

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