23 Aug 2014

Snyders hangs on for bronze

6:27 pm on 23 August 2014

Glenn Snyders has claimed New Zealand's second medal at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast after finishing third in the men's 100 metres breastroke.

Glenn Snyders, Mens 200m Breaststroke, State NZ Swimming Championships, Day 1, West Wave centre, Henderson, Auckland. 8 April 2014.

Glenn Snyders, Mens 200m Breaststroke, State NZ Swimming Championships, Day 1, West Wave centre, Henderson, Auckland. 8 April 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 27-year-old lead into the final turn but couldn't quite hang on, his bronze taking New Zealand's medal tally to two following Lauren Boyle's silver in the women's 800 metres freestyle.

It was an important result for Snyders, who has not always delivered on his world class abilities in major meets in the past five years.

The Los Angeles-based swimmer says he was buoyed by Boyle's medal-winning swim earlier in the competition.

New Zealand has only won multiple individual medals four times previously at the Pan Pacific Championships, which draws full strength teams from USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, the rest of the Pacific and other non-European nations.

The two medals so far from Boyle and Snyders equals the effort in 1995 when Danyon Loader won two and now chasing the three medals earned in 1989 and 1991 with four in 1993.

Matthew Stanley produced a superb 1:47.09 seconds to break his own New Zealand 200 metres freestyle record.

He combined with team-mates Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (1:48.98), Steven Kent (1:48.89) and Mitchell Donaldson (1:48.87) to clock 7:13.83 to break the previous national record of 7:14.05 set in 2012.