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Two more swimmers better Olympic mark

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/04/2016

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand © Getty Images/Aurelien Meunier Lauren Boyle of New Zealand Two more swimmers will be added to Swimming New Zealand's list of nominations for the Rio Olympics.

Six swimmers qualified in eight events for the Games in Rio at the national championships in Auckland late last month, and two more have been added after bettering the qualifying times at the Canadian Olympic trials which finished on Monday (NZT).

Corey Main ducked under the qualifying mark in the 100m backstroke, while Canterbury's Matthew Hutchins bettered the standard in the 400m freestyle.

They join Lauren Boyle, Matthew Stanley, Glenn Snyders, Emma Robinson, Bradlee Ashby and Helena Gasson in the swimming nominations to the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC).

Open water swimmers Kane Radford, Phillip Ryan and Charlotte Webby have their final shot at qualifying in the Olympic Marathon 10km event in Portugal in June.

Swimming New Zealand selector Mark Saunders said the addition of the second trial this year had been beneficial.

"It's made it a more simple pathway for them this time around and we've seen some good swims here in Toronto from them," Saunders said.

"We expected Corey to swim to his potential and Matt Hutchins has been in good form this year. Added to that, a number of others have gone close to selection and are still young enough to be strong contenders for 2020."

In the final day of competition in Canada, Waikato's Sam Perry finished third fastest in qualifying in the 50m freestyle in 22.73sec, less than half a second outside the Olympic qualifying standard.

The NZOC is expected to name the swimming team for Rio later this week.

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