DESPITE finishing last in her final event, New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle is excited about the future after winning two medals at the swimming world short course championships in Turkey last week.
She finished eighth and last in the 200m freestyle final on the final day of competition, having set a New Zealand record in the heats.
Her time of 1min 55.40sec was just over a second better than the previous mark set by Melissa Ingram in 2008.
The North Shore swimmer said she had treated the morning heat like a final as it was her best chance of qualification.
Those efforts, however, meant she had little in the tank for the medal race and went two seconds slower.
That couldn’t dampen her spirits after a strong overall performance, which saw her win the 800m freestyle and place third in the 400m freestyle.
“I am really excited again. I am really happy with how things have gone over the last five days,” Boyle told Fairfax NZ.
“I am still a fair way off world records so it’s possible to improve more. I am happy with the improvements I have made.
”It is not going to be easy to improve from here but I am still very motivated and determined to improve and I am excited to keep swimming to see how good I can get.”
She said that while longer distances are her target, speed is also important.
“I am pretty competitive worldwide in the 800 and 400 but at the same time improving my 200 time will help my speed for the 400 and in turn the 800, too.
“I have developed my speed which was a big plus this week as I did not know I could go that well in the 800. But at the same time I’ve learned from the 400 where I did not do as well as I wanted that I need to make sure I can still back up after a big race.”