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Lauren Boyle continues on her winning ways

World and Commonwealth medallist Lauren Boyle continued on her winning ways on the third day of the Queensland Championships in Brisbane.

Boyle won the final of the 800m freestyle in emphatic fashion to add to the 400m freestyle honours on Monday.

The 26 year old, currently training in Queensland, clocked an encouraging 8:25.93 in the middle of her heavy mileage schedule to better Australia’s best, Jessica Ashwood.

Boyle settled into a consistent schedule of 1m03s per 100m with her final two laps her fastest.

Two other New Zealanders were on the podium with Wellington’s Samantha Lee third in the 200m butterfly (2:13.92) and Waikato’s Bradlee Ashby third in the 200m backstroke (2:04.37).

Five further Kiwi swimmers qualified for finals last night with North Shore’s Shaun Burnett fourth in the 200m butterfly in 2:00.04 with Wellington’s Liam Albery sixth in 2:02.58 and fourth in the 1500m freestyle in 15:58.71.

Wellington’s Isaac Foote was eighth behind Burnett and Albery in the 200m butterfly in 2:06.42, talented teen Bobbi Gichard from Hawkes Bay was seventh in the 200m backstroke in 2:19.29, won by Australian superstar Emily Seebohm, who recently won five medals at the world short course championships.

Otago’s Andrew Trembath rounded out the New Zealand performances when he was eighth in the 200m backstroke in 2:08.34.

The meet continues until Friday.