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World Championship Bound Swimmers In Record-Breaking Form

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World Championship Bound Swimmers In Record-Breaking Form

4 July 2009 - The New Zealand swim team received a real boost ahead of this month's world championships with five national records set in time trials at Waitakere today.

The squad completed special time trials as part of Auckland Swimming's level two meet at the West Wave Aquatic Centre, a replacement for the Grand Prix meet in Melbourne which was cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak.

Daniel Bell broke two New Zealand short course records with the others set by to Hayley Palmer, Cameron Gibson and Corney Swanepoel.

"It was a good effort. They have still been in hard work and we have not yet started the taper and speed work," said coach Thomas Ansorg from the International Training Centre.

"It shows they have laid the foundation with some excellent work in training and now we head into the important speed work phase. It was pleasing."

Bell broke his own records in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke, the events he will swim at the world championships in Rome starting on 26 July.

He took nearly 2/10ths of a second off his 50m butterfly time, clocking 23.04s at the short course meet, while he was half a second inside his previous best in the 100m backstroke in 51.37s.

"That was pretty pleasing. I went through in nearly New Zealand record pace in the backstroke and so overall I am very happy," Bell said.

Swanepoel clocked 50.59s in the 100m butterfly, also nearly half a second inside his own record.

"I am very happy with that. It was faster than my previous best which was at the Manchester world championships. I'm happy where I am at in training and feeling very confident that things are on track."

Palmer swam 53.34 to better her previous mark by a full second in the 100m freestyle in a superb performance.

"I am really happy with that. I've made some good progress this year and things are on track for Rome," Palmer said.

Relay freestyler Cameron Gibson bettered his own New Zealand record in the 100m freestyle, becoming the first kiwi under the 48 second barrier, clocking 47.94s, going through the halfway mark in a slick 23.46s.

Moss Burmester, who had set a best training time for the 200m butterfly in his morning training session, had a solid hit out in the 200m freestyle where Rome-bound Michael Jack swam a strong 1:45.73, just outside his national mark.

Glenn Snyders was only 3/10ths outside his national record in the 100m breaststroke, a top performance as he has been out of the pool this week with illness.

Some of the team including open water swimmer Alannah Jury leave next week with the bulk of the pool team going on July 13 for their pre-championship camp near Rome.

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