5 Apr 2017

More qualifiers for world swimming champs

1:14 pm on 5 April 2017

Two up and coming swimmers have booked places at the world champs in Budapest later this year after posting qualifying time at the New Zealand Open champs in Auckland.

Sam Perry from the St Peters club in Waikato and Gabrielle Fa'amausili from Auckland's United club went under the qualifying times in heats.

Four swimmers have now qualified for July's world champs.

Gabrielle Fa’amausili at the NZ Open swimming champs.

Gabrielle Fa’amausili at the NZ Open swimming champs. Photo: Photosport

Perry, 21, who is a junior on scholarship at Stanford University near San Francisco, equalled the qualifying time in the 50m freestyle.

Fa'amausili, 17, the world junior backstroke champion, showed her talents in freestyle to clock 25.02s in heats of the women's 50m freestyle.

This was 16/100ths of a second under the qualifying time for Budapest, and only 1/100th of a second outside the New Zealand record.

Top qualifiers in Para-Swimming action included multi- World and Olympic champion Sophie Pascoe (28.97s in 50m freestyle); Chris Arbuthnott (27.79s in 50m freestyle and 2:29.96 in 200m individual medley); and Nikita Howarth (3:03.33 in 200m individual medley)