6 Jun 2012

Three more relay swim teams confirmed for Olympics

3:33 pm on 6 June 2012

Swimming's ruling body FINA has confirmed three more New Zealand relay teams for the London Olympics.

The women's 4x100 metres freestyle relay, men's 4x200 freestyle and 4x100 medley relay teams have all made the cut with the New Zealand team now officially totalling 16 swimmers for London.

The women's 4x200 freestyle relay team has already been named after qualifying with their eighth place finish at last year's world championships.

Further additions to the team could come at the weekend at the final qualifying for the 10-kilometre Open Water swim in Portugal.

Tash Hind, Penelope Marshall, Amaka Gessler and Hayley Palmer will swim the 4x100 freestyle relay, with their national record time of 3:41.10 at the March Olympic trials proving to be the second fastest time of the non-qualified nations behind Italy.

The men's 4x100 medley relay combination of Gareth Kean, Glenn Snyders, Daniel Bell and Carl O'Donnell set a time of 3:35.09 at the trials, second fastest of non-qualified nations behind Hungary.

The quartet of Matthew Stanley, Steven Kent, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Andrew McMillan set a national record of 7:14.05 in the 4x200 freestyle relay, which is also second fastest to Hungary.