Kiwi swimming duo record impressive victories

Last updated 09:29 17/12/2013

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Kiwi swimmers Lauren Boyle and Matthew Stanley had wins at the Queensland championships in Brisbane, producing times to put them on course for next year's Commonwealth Games.

The pair won their respective finals in the 400 metres freestyle last night, both on or under qualifying standards for next year's Games in Glasgow.

Boyle won the women's race in 4min 7.52sec, right on the qualifying standard for Glasgow.

The 24-year-old took over the lead from Australian teenage prospect Emma McKeon at the 250m mark and pushed on to win by nearly two seconds.

It was a similar story for Stanley, who took until 300m to run down Australian Commonwealth Games gold medallist Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Matthew Terry in the men's 400m.

Stanley powered home in 1:24.49 for the final 150m to win in 3:48.49, which is under the qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Games and only 0.8sec outside his national record.

Dunedin father Kurt Crosland continued his quest for Commonwealth Games qualification, finishing fourth in the 100m backstroke in 55.39.

Tash Hind was ninth in the 400m women's freestyle in 4:16.16, while Beckie Dooley (1:12.85) and Julian Layton (1:04.43) were seventh in their respective finals of the 100m breaststroke.

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