Lauren Boyle to lead NZ swim team at Games

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 22:01 11/04/2014
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KIWI HOPE: Lauren Boyle was one of two NZ swimmers to win a bronze medal on the second day of the French Open Championships overnight.

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Reigning swim queen Lauren Boyle will head the New Zealand swimming team at the Commonwealth Games in Glagow later this year.

The North Shore swimmer, who won her third title of the week at the New Zealand Open swimming championships tonight, will chase gold in three individual events in Scotland.


She will compete in the women's 200 metre, 400m and 800m freestyle events in late July.

A small, select team of individuals and three relay teams for the Games was named following the completion of the four-day meet in Henderson tonight, a team headlined by Boyle and Glenn Snyders.

Boyle capped off an excellent week by claiming victory in the 400 metres women's freestyle final in commanding fashion.

She recorded a winning time of 4 min 06.08 sec, again under the qualifying mark for the Games. She was over six seconds ahead of Wellington's Samantha Lucie-Smith, with Emma Robinson (Wellington) taking the bronze medal.

Boyle had already achieved the qualifying time required for selection when winning her heat this morning.

The triple-bronze medallist is part of the team that met tough qualifying standards at the nationals, which doubled as trials for the Games.

Leading breaststroker Snyders will chase medals in the 100m and 200m events in Glasgow after winning both national titles, while he also added the 50m gold to his collection this week.

Matamata's Matthew Stanley (400m freestyle) and Auckland's Corey Main (100m backstroke) also earned their spots in the Games team with quality wins.

Canterbury's Sophie Pascoe and Waikato's Nikita Howarth will represent New Zealand in the Para events in their respective categories in Glasgow.

New Zealand will also send three relay teams - men's and women 4x200m freestyle teams and a hastily-assembled 4x100m women's freestyle team that qualified in the last event of the week.

New Zealand sent 16 swimmers to the 2012 London Olympics, with Boyle the standout individual with a fourth-place finish in the 800m freestyle final.

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