Lauren Boyle hitting form ahead of Commonwealth Games
April 8, 2014
Lauren Boyle smashed her own New Zealand 200m freestyle record to lead an outstanding start to the national swimming championships in Auckland.
Boyle was one of four swimmers to set Glasgow Commonwealth Games qualifying marks, slicing through to a winning 1min 57.67sec - the fifth fastest time in the Commonwealth and the 11th fastest time in the world this year.
Joining her with performances under the Glasgow standard were Matthew Stanley in the 400m freestyle, US-based Glenn Snyders (200m breaststroke) and Paralympian Sophie Pascoe in the 200m individual medley.
Boyle was delighted with her performance and relieved to get a qualifying time under her belt.
"I'm feeling happy to post a good time. I wasn't feeling great in warm-ups so I just wanted to really try and enjoy the race," Boyle said.
"It's takes off a bit of pressure now that I've qualified so I don't have to worry and can concentrate on performing the rest of the week. I'm looking forward to the 400 and 800."
Lucie-Smith, who raced the relay at the London Olympics, was second in 1:59.02, just ahead of Robinson who took more than three seconds off her previous best in going under two minutes for the first time.