28 Jul 2009

Solid day for NZ swimmers at world champs

6:24 am on 28 July 2009

New Zealand swimmers produced solid if not spectacular performances with none progressing past heats on the second day of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome.

However all improved their world rankings with Andrew McMillan setting a new personal best in the 200 freestyle to be the 27th fastest.... Michael Jack finished the same

event as the 40th fastest, an improvement of 27 places on his world ranking.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Bell was a fingertip outside his Beijing Olympic best in the heats of the 100 backstroke.

There's real expectation tomorrow with New Zealand's highest ranked swimmer, Moss Burmester back in the pool, in the heats of his favoured 200 butterfly. He was fourth in the world championships in Melbourne two years and also at the Beijing Olympics.

He is joined in the pool by Glenn Snyders who swims in the heats of the 50 breaststroke.