Swimming: Layton strikes gold


Greendale's Julian Layton won two gold medals and set three Hawke's Bay-Poverty Bay records during in the first two Transtasman Tri-Series swimming meets in Australia.

In Canberra on Monday night Layton won the 400m individual medley in 4m22.27s. This is a HBPB 17 years male short course record and a HBPB open male short course record. Then yesterday Napier Boys' High School's Layton won gold in the 200m individual medley in a HBPB record time of 2m05.69s.

Layton's clubmate, Woodford House's JoMari Meyer, 15, won bronze in her 100m backstroke with a personal best time of 1m02.18s. Yesterday she was fourth in the 200m backstroke in a personal best time of 2m14.45s.

Long-serving Greendale club coach Noel Hardgrave-Booth is one of the Kiwi team's coaches in Australia. After two of the six meets New Zealand is third on the points table with 216 points.

Australia Green leads with 265 and Australia Gold has 222. Meets three and four are scheduled for today and tomorrow in Wagga Wagga.

The meets are seen as key to Swimming New Zealand's development in the buildup to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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