EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Buoyed by a trio of medal-winning performances at the recent World Championships, California alumna Lauren Boyle won the 800-meter freestyle at the first stop in the FINA World Cup series on Wednesday at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium. Swimming for New Zealand, Boyle set a World Cup record with her victorious time of 8:01.22 on the opening night of the short-course meet.
Boyle broke the previous World Cup record of 8:04.61 set by Denmark’s Lotte Friis, who finished third (8:09.84) in Wednesday’s final. The erstwhile Golden Bear’s winning time was just 0.16 seconds off of the world record (8.01.06) held by France’s Camille Muffat.
Earlier in the day, Boyle broke her own New Zealand record in the 200-meter freestyle heats with a time of 1:54.97. In the final, she finished seventh with a time of 1:55.17.
At the World Championships – held July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona – Boyle won bronze medals in the 400, 800 and 1500 frees. That feat tied her with New Zealand men’s swimmer Danyon Loader for the most medals won by an AquaBlack at a World Championships. Along the way she set New Zealand and Oceania long-course records in the 800 free (8:18.54) and 1500 free (15:44.71).
Boyle has qualified to swim in the 100- and 400-free heats on Thursday, the second and final day of the World Cup meet. She will next compete in the FINA World Cup stop in Berlin that runs Saturday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 11, in Germany.