Lauren Boyle qualifies for third Games event

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 12:15 11/04/2014

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Lauren Boyle will chase individual glory at the Commonwealth Games in three events later this year.

Boyle qualified for selection in the New Zealand team for the women's 400 metres freestyle event in Henderson today, to add to her previous qualification marks achieved in the 200m and 800m at the NZ Open championships this week.

The North Shore swimmer won three bronze medals last year at the world championships in Barcelona in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.

Chasing a qualifying time for the Games in Glasgow starting in late July, Boyle needed to swim quicker than four minutes 07.69 seconds. She was always ahead of schedule and won her heat in 4:06.49, taking the pressure off tonight's final.

She was also part of the quartet in the 200m final that produced a combined qualifying time for the 4x200m relay event for Glasgow.

The NZ swim team for the Commonwealth Games will be named at the completion of the four-day meet tonight. Joining Boyle as individual qualifiers so far have been Glenn Snyders (100m and 200m breaststroke), Matthew Stanley (400m freestyle) and Corey Main (100m backstroke), while the top four finishers in the men's 200m freestyle final last night also combined to record a qualifying relay time.

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