4 Jul 2009

World champs- bound swimmers in record-breaking form

1:37 pm on 4 July 2009

The New Zealand swim team has received a real boost ahead of this month's world championships in Rome with five national records set in time trials at Waitakere.

The squad completed special time trials as part of Auckland Swimming's level two meet, in place of the Melbourne Grand Prix meet, which was cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak.

Daniel Bell took nearly 2/10ths of a second off his 50m butterfly time, clocking 23.04s, and was half a second inside his previous best in the 100m backstroke in 51.37s.

Hayley Palmer's 53.34 seconds in the 100m freestyle is a full second under her previous mark while

Cameron Gibson became the first New Zealander to go under 48 seconds in the 100 freestyle, fishing in 47.94s.

And Corney Swanepoel. clocked 50.59s in the 100m butterfly, also nearly half a second

inside his own record.

Coach Thomas Ansorg says it's a good result as they've yet to start the taper and the important speed work phase.