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Stanley goes under Rio Olympic qualifying standard

Matt Stanley ticked the first box but reckons he has plenty to work on after reaching the qualifying standard for the Rio Olympics on day two of the 2016 New Zealand Open Swimming Championships.

The 24 year old clocked 1:47.68 for the 200m freestyle in the morning heat to go under the standard by 29/100ths of a second and while he won the national title in the final, he was outside his morning’s time with a time of 1:48.34.

Stanley’s morning time brought the tally to three swimmers who have achieved the qualifying standard, following the efforts of Lauren Boyle and Emma Robinson in the 800m on the opening night.

Stanley went out on a similar pace as the morning but slipped slightly behind the target mid-race, as fellow Commonwealth Games representative Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga) pushed up into his wave. The Matamata club swimmer won in 1:48.34 with Jackson second in 1:49.22 and Mitchell Donaldson (Parnell) third in 1:50.05.

“It was nice to get it out of the way this morning but unfortunately I could not do a bit better tonight,” Stanley said.

“Doing the qualifying time is enough for this meet but I have a lot of hard work to do from here and I am a bit disappointed.

“This morning I swam the race pretty well. It was a lot more controlled than tonight. I think I rushed it a little bit so there is a lot to work on. I need some good rest and prepare to back up in the 400m and 100m.”

United’s Georgia Marris, on scholarship at the University of Florida, took out the women’s 200m freestyle in 2:00.73, which was 1.5 seconds outside the Olympic qualifying mark.

The 19 year old pushed through the field on the final lap to win from Samantha Lee (Capital) 2:01.27 and Laura Quilter (North Shore) 2:01.65.

Nathan Capp (Greerton), part of the Swimming New Zealand high performance squad, retained his title in the 400m individual medley in 4:18.75, which was a second outside his national record, although he is focussing on the 1500m freestyle later in the meet.

In a solo display he finished well clear of Andrew Trembath (Neptune) and Blake Gunn (Kiwi West Aquatics).

Junior world champion Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United) took out the 50m backstroke in 27.97s ahead of high performance squad swimmer Bobbi Gichard (Howick Pakuranga) and Paige Flynn (St Peters).

The men’s 50m backstroke went to Howick Pakuranga freestyle specialist, Daniel Hunter in 25.87 from Corneille Coetzee and Finn Kennard-Campbell, both North Shore.

Double Olympian Glenn Snyders had an excellent workout for his targeted 100m breaststroke by regaining his national title in the 200m breaststroke.

The Los Angeles-based Snyders won in 2:12.41, his fastest effort in four years, and just 0.8s outside the Rio Olympic standard. He finished clear of George Schroder (Hokitika) 2:13.93 and Julian Layton (Greendale) 2:14.36.

United’s Ellie Eastwood won the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:35.07, ahead of Millie MacDonald (Parnell) and Sophie Tarrant (St Peters).

In Para-Swimming action, a remarkable six swimmers went under the qualifying level for nomination for the Rio Paralympics in the women’s 100m backstroke.

They were led by the outstanding Sophie Pascoe (QEII, S10) and Mary Fisher (Tawa, S11) who have 16 world titles between them. The super stars went under the standard in the morning heat along with Rebecca Dubber (North Shore, S7), Nikita Howarth (Te Awamutu, S7) and newcomer Bryall McPherson (North Shore, S8). All five went faster again in the evening finals and were joined by Tupou Neiufi (Howick Pakuranga, S9) who also went under the nomination standard.

Boyle is back in the pool tomorrow to chase a qualifying time in the 400m freestyle, with other events including the 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly along with the400m freestyle relay while Para-Swimmers target the 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

There are 256 swimmers from 56 clubs competing at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millennium, with heats from 10am and finals from 7pm through to Friday. Finals are broadcast live on Sky Sport 3.

Results of finals on the second day of the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre in Auckland:

Men 200m freestyle: Matthew Stanley (Matamata) 1:48.34, 1; Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga) 1:48.56, 2; Mitchell Donaldson (Parnell) 1:50.05, 3.

Women 200m freestyle: Georgia Marris (United) 2:00.73, 1; Samantha Lee (Capital) 2:01.27, 2; Laura Quilter (North Shore) 2:01.65, 3.

Men 400m individual medley: Nathan Capp (Greerton) 4:18.75, 1; Andrew Trembath (Neptune) 4:32.20, 2; Blake Gunn (Kiwi West Aquatics) 4:32.78, 3.

Women 50m backstroke: Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United) 27.97, 1; Bobbi Gichard (Howick Pakuranga) 28.78, 2; Paige Flynn (St Peter’s) 29.16, 3.

Men 50m backstroke: Daniel Hunter (Howick Pakuranga) 25.87, 1; Corneille Coetzee (North Shore) 26.33, 2; Finn Kennard-Campbell (North Shore) 26.41, 3.

Women 200m breaststroke: Ellie Eastwood (United) 2:35.07, 1; Millie MacDonald (Parnell) 2:37.09, 2; Sophie Tarrant (St Peter’s) 2:38.93, 3.

Men 200m breaststroke: Glenn Snyders (North Shore) 2:12.41, 1; George Schroder (Hokitika) 2:13.93, 2; Julian Layton (Greendale) 2:14.36, 3.


Men 100m backstroke: Christopher Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker) 1:09.02, 1; Tama Solouota (Howick Pakuranga) 1:16.95, 2; David Beck (Mt Albert Grammar) 1:17.53, 3.

Women 100m backstroke: Mary Fisher (Tawa) 1:19.01, 1 (Paralympic Qualifying Time); Sophie Pascoe (QEII) 1:07.76, 2 (Paralympic Qualifying Time); Rebecca Dubber (North Shore) 1:25.05, 3 (Paralympic Qualifying Time).

Men 50m breaststroke: Cameron Leslie (North Shore) 57.99, 1.

Women 50m breaststroke: Olivia Upston (Parnell) 49.85, 1; Amy Noble (Karori Pirates) 1:01.91, 2.

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