NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (NZL)
- April 5th – April 10th
- Prelims at 11:10am local/Finals at 7:10pm local
- Sir Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre
- Olympic Games Selection Policy
- Not a one-shot qualification meet
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
- Live Stream
In addition to 17-year-old Erika Fairweather producing a new national age record tonight at the New Zealand National Championships, World Championships bronze medalist Lewis Clareburt did some damage in one of his events as well.
The Capital Club swimmer already made noise in the 400m IM, posting the #2 time in the world this season with a new national mark of 4:09.78. But the 21-year-old wasn’t done, taking on the lead-off role on the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
Checking with a big-time 48.96 result, Clareburt not only posted a new lifetime best in the 100m freestyle, but he also cracked the New Zealand national record in the process. The previous mark was held by Daniel Hunter in 49.11, meaning Clareburt just became the first kiwi to ever get under the 49-second threshold in the 100m freestyle.
Spilts for Clareburt’s 48.96 included 23.80/25.16 to make New Zealand history. Not too shabby for a 4:09 400 IMer.