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Boyle heads NZ swimming squad for Rio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/04/2016
Lauren Boyle. © Getty Lauren Boyle.

Freestyler Lauren Boyle heads an eight-strong New Zealand swimming squad going to the Rio Olympics.

Also included is breaststroke specialist Glenn Snyders, who like Boyle will be attending a third Olympics in August.

The pair join Dean Kent and Helen Norfolk as the only other New Zealand swimmers to have achieved that feat.

All eight swimmers who achieved FINA A qualifying times have been confirmed for Rio.

The others are Matthew Stanley, Bradlee Ashby, Helena Gasson, Matthew Hutchins, Corey Main, Emma Robinson.

Aside from Stanley, who competed in London four years ago, the remainder will be attending their first Olympics.

Lauren Boyle © Getty Images Lauren Boyle

Swimming NZ chief executive Christian Renford says there is an encouraging mix of experienced Olympians and younger swimmers who are part of the 2020 targeted group.

He said the team composition demonstrates that the development programme is showing progress.

Others could be added to the line-up, with open water swimmers Kane Radford, Phillip Ryan and Charlotte Webby contesting the final 10km trial in Portugal in June.

Boyle led the way in London by finishing fourth in the 800m freestyle and making the final in the 400m freestyle.

Last year she claimed silver in the 800m and 1500m freestyle at the world championships.

Snyders qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke in London and was 10th fastest in heats of the 200m breaststroke, while Stanley was 15th in the 400m freestyle and 18th in the 200m freestyle.

Glen Snyders. © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Glen Snyders.

THE NZ SWIMMERS GOING TO THE OLYMPICS

Women:

Lauren Boyle (400m & 800m freestyle)

Helena Gasson (100m butterfly)

Emma Robinson (800m freestyle)

Men:

Bradlee Ashby (200m individual medley)

Matthew Hutchins (400m freestyle)

Corey Main (100m backstroke)

Glenn Snyders (100m breaststroke)

Matthew Stanley (200m & 400m freestyle)

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