BERLIN – Lauren Boyle capped a series of robust swims in Europe by taking second place in both the 400- and 800-meter freestyles at the FINA World Cup meet at the Swimming and Diving Hall at the Europa Sports Park. The former California All-American posted seven top-three finishes at her last three international meets, including three bronze-medal swims at the World Championships in Barcelona and two victories at the Eindhoven FINA World Cup stop in the Netherlands.
At the short-course meet in Germany, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte needed to post two world records to edge the New Zealand star. In the 800-free final on Aug. 10, Boyle swam a time of 8:02.53 to Belmonte’s 7:59.34, which broke the World Cup record that Boyle had set on Aug. 7 in Eindhoven. On Aug. 11 in Berlin, in an even closer final, Boyle clocked a time of 3:55.31 to Belmonte’s 3:54.52 in the 400 free.
Boyle swam for Cal from 2007-2010 and was a key member of the 2009 squad that won the Golden Bears’ first NCAA team championship. During her tenure in Berkeley, she earned six All-America honors plus two All-America honorable mentions. She also won the 500-yard freestyle in 2010 and 1650-yard free in 2009 at the then-Pac-10 Championships. Boyle still holds the school records in the 1000 free (9:42.14) and 1650 free (15:56.93) and ranks second all-time at Cal in the 500 free (4:37.18).