Pascoe sharp on opening day at swim nationals

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 12:42 08/04/2014
Sophie Pascoe
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IMPRESSIVE: Sophie Pascoe was a standout performer in the first heats of the New Zealand Open swimming champs.

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Sophie Pascoe was a standout performer in the first heats of the New Zealand Open swimming champs in Auckland today.

The multi Paralympic gold medallist went well under the qualifying mark for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 200m individual medley S10 event on the opening day of the four-day meet.

The world record holder recorded a winning time of two minutes 31.50 seconds, 14 seconds under the qualifying time for the Games and just six seconds outside her world record.

"It was a good swim from Sophie," coach Roly Crichton said.

"We are just starting our build-up campaign for Glasgow and then the Pan Pacific Championships so today was an encouraging swim and nice to get the qualifying out of the way."

2013 world championship medallist Lauren Boyle cruised through to top qualifying spot in the women's 200m freestyle, while fellow London Olympians Glenn Snyders and Matt Stanley all impressed with confident performances in their respective heats ahead of tonight's finals.

Boyle clocked 1:59.05 in a comfortable performance, less than a second outside the qualifying time, finishing clear of the Capital quartet of Samantha Lucie-Smith, Tash Hind, Samantha Lee and Emma Robinson.

The fastest four times tonight also need to go under a combined time of 7:55.92 to qualify a team in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Matamata's Stanley clocked 3:53.30 in the 400m freestyle heats, just over four seconds outside his best and the qualifying mark.

Snyders, now based in Los Angeles, was impressive in the 200m breaststroke and needs to take less than a second off his heat time of 2:13.12 tonight to make the Games.

United States-based Sophia Batchelor was fastest in the heats of the women's 50m butterfly in 27.19 while Otago's Kurt Crosland topped the men's 50m backstroke in 25.75.

Caroline Baddock was best in the women's 200m individual medley heats in 2:20.47 while fellow North Shore competitor Shaun Burnett topped the heats of the men's 200m butterfly in 1:59.53, less than two seconds outside the qualifying time for Glasgow.

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