The defending Commonwealth Games 200-metre butterfly champion, Moss Burmester, has failed to qualify for the final in Delhi.
Burmester, who won the gold medal in a Games record four years ago in Melbourne, could post only the tenth fastest time, with the top eight advancing to the final.
Two New Zealand swimmers have qualified for finals toninght though.
Lauren Boyle posted the third fastest time in qualifying for the the 200-metre freestyle, while Natalie Wiegersma is through to the final of individual medley, in fifth spot.
Other New Zealand swimmers to progress beyond the heats are Gareth Kean, who's into the semi finals of the 50-metre backstroke, and Hayley Palmer is through to the semi finals of the 50-metre butterfly.