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Ferrif First Swimmer To Finals At World University Games

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US-based Nick Ferrif led the way for the kiwi swim team at the World University Games in Belgrade. Ferrif, 20, who swims for the University of California, is the first New Zealander through to a final, while two others have qualified for semifinals.

Ferrif finished sixth in the final of the men's 100m breaststroke, the only New Zealander through to a final so far at the championships. The North Shore club breaststroker won his heat in 1:00.58 and reduced that by 4/100ths of a second in finishing second in his semifinal behind Italy's Favio Scozzoli.

Ferrif reduced that time again in the final, placing sixth in 1:00.24, a personal best and less than 2/10ths outside of Glenn Snyders' national record. Fellow North Shore swimmer Grace Francis qualified from the heats in the women's 200m individual medley, clocking 2:21.13 in her heats. She was unable to improve on this in the semifinals, finishing eighth in her semi.

West Auckland Aquatics' Brett Newall was the 12th fastest from the heats of the men's 200m individual medley, in a time of 2:06.00. He was slightly outside this time in the semi, finishing seventh and did not progress to the final. Swimmers have won the only medals for New Zealand at the last two World University Games, with Melissa Ingram at Bangkok in 2007 and Helen Norfolk in Turkey in 2005, with the only other swim media to the great Anthony Mosse more than two decades ago in Zagreb.

The swim programme ends on Monday (NZ time). Full results: www.swimmingnz.org.nz.

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