Hard work needed before worlds
Matamata-born Matthew Stanley has qualified for the world swimming championships after coming second in the 400m freestyle at the swimming nationals.
The Australian-based swimmer came second to New Zealand-based Michael Dai from China.
Dai’s time was 3:50.64. Stanley’s was 3:50.73.
This was 15/100ths of a second under the world championship mark.
Although Stanley won the 200m freestyle final, his time meant he will not qualify this section.
His time was 1: 48.39, just 2/100ths of a second outside the FINA A time.
He had also wanted to qualify for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, but unfortunately did not, which had the swimmer kicking himself a bit.
‘‘I should have gone out harder and really wanted to drag the rest of the field through for that relay,’’ Stanley said.
He admits he has a lot of hard
for the worlds in work ahead of him in preparation for the world championships.
He was second in the 200m backstroke. His time of 2:01.46 wasn’t under qualifying time, but no-one was able to swim under it.
The four-day New Zealand Open Championships was held from April 14 to 17 at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson.
Stanley will now be training for the FINA world championships, in Kazan, Russia in early August.
This is the stepping stone to the Rio Olympics.
Matthew Stanley in action at the New Zealand Open Championships.