April 1, 2008
Berkeley - Sophomore Lauren Boyle of the California women's swimming team qualified on Sunday for the New Zealand Olympic swimming team, following the conclusion of the Olympic Trials held at Waitakere City in New Zealand.
New Zealand Olympic Selector and New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Secretary General Barry Maister said the high levels of performance achieved at the trials were outstanding. "New Zealand records were broken and personal bests achieved during a stunning series of trials and the New Zealand Olympic swimming team will certainly field an exciting array of high performance athletes. We've got tough selection criteria and the swimmers announced today have clearly met our standards. We're delighted to welcome them to the team."
New Zealand will field several teams, including the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, in which Boyle (West Auckland Aquatics) will be a part of.
Boyle earned All-America honors as a Golden Bear when she broke her own school record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a fifth-place finish of 16:01.80 - also a new lifetime best - at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, OH. She also earned honorable mention All-America honors after registering a lifetime best 4:41.10 in the `B' finals of the 500-yard freestyle.
The New Zealand Olympic Team now stands at 43 and is expected to reach approximately 160 athletes.