27 Mar 2012

Stanley breaks another Loader record

12:27 pm on 27 March 2012

Another four swimmers have gone under the Olympic qualifying standard at the National Championships in Auckland with Matamata's Mathew Stanley breaking another of Danyon Loader's records.

24 hours after breaking Loader's 400 freestyle record, the 20-year-old Stanley was in a class of his own in the 200 freestyle clearing out to win in 1:47.57 which is 6/100ths of a second inside the national record set by Loader in winning gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Wellington's Gareth Kean and North Shore's Daniel Bell both went under the Olympic qualifying mark in 100 backstroke, while Lauren Boyle of the North Shore also set a qualifying mark in breaking her own 400 freestyle record.

Loader was watching in the stands and says Stanley is a really good talent and it's interesting that if he'd done that 16 years ago he would have won an Olympic gold medal.

Stanley says he went to the nationals to get multiple qualifying events for London... he's achieved that and he's excited about it.

However he says he doesn't just want to attend the Olympics, he wants to achieve, so there's a lot of hard work to come.

Stanley, Steven Kent (North Shore), Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (New Plymouth Aquatics) and Andrew McMillan (Cromwell) met the selection standard and will form a national relay combination to attempt to qualify in the 4 by 200 freestyle relay tonight.