New Zealand will send a nine-strong swim team to the Rio Olympic Games.

Bradlee Ashby

Birthdate:

June 23, 1989

Hometown:

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Hamilton

Discipline:

200m individual medley

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

Ashby has been ranked as high as second in New Zealand in the Halo: Reach video game series.

Lauren Boyle

Birthdate:

June 23, 1989

Hometown:

Auckland

Discipline:

400m freestyle, 800m freestyle

Previous Olympics:

Games Beijing 2008, London 2012 - 8th 400m free, 4th 800m free

Fact:

Boyle's two silver medals at last year's world championships brought her collective tally to five, meaning she has half of the 10 medals New Zealand swimmers have won at the championships over more than 40 years.

Helena Gasson

Birthdate:

December 8, 1994

Hometown:

Miranda

Discipline:

100m butterfly

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

Gasson started out her swimming career at the Thames Swimming Club, before joining Hamilton's Fairfield Club. More recently she moved to the North Shore club, training under Thomas Ansorg.

Matt Hutchins

Birthdate:

September 19, 1994

Hometown:

Christchurch

Discipline:

400m freestyle

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

Hutchins, who attends the University of Wisconsin, pulled off a breakthrough result at the pinnacle event on the United States' college calendar, the NCAA division one championships, in Atlanta in March. He claimed a rare medal for a Kiwi swimmer, winning bronze in the 1650 yard [1508m] freestyle.

Corey Main

Birthdate:

February 27, 1995

Hometown:

Auckland

Discipline:

100m backstroke

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

Main is currently on scholarship at the University of Florida where he swims for the University squad the "Gators" with coach Gregg Troy.

Emma Robinson

Birthdate:

November 26, 1994

Hometown:

Wellington

Discipline:

800m freestyle

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Robinson finished 10th equal with Scottish swimmer Aisha Thornton and in a rare occurrence the pair had a swim off for second reserve in the final. Robinson won the swim-off.

Glenn Snyders

Birthdate:

April 7, 1987

Hometown:

Auckland

Discipline:

100m breastroke

Previous Olympics:

Beijing 2008 - 20th 100m breaststroke, 16th 200m breaststroke; London 2012 - 15th 100m breaststroke, 14th 200m breaststroke

Fact:

Snyders, along with Boyle, will join an exclusive group of New Zealand swimmers to attend three Olympics Games, with Dean Kent and Helen Norfolk the only others to achieve the feat.

Matt Stanley

Birthdate:

January 15, 1992

Hometown:

Matamata

Discipline:

200m freestyle, 400m freestyle

Previous Olympics:

London 2012 -15th 400m freestyle

Fact:

At the 2012 World Short Course Championships Stanley finished fourth in the 400m freestyle but the third-placed finisher, Mads Gl├Žsner, was subsequently disqualified after a doping infringement and Stanley was promoted to the bronze medal position.

Kane Radford

Birthdate:

November 2, 1990

Hometown:

Rotorua

Discipline:

Open water swimming

Previous Olympics:

Nil

Fact:

Radford was initially denied a place in the Olympic team for Rio, after failing to be nominated by the national body. He appealed the decision to the Sports Tribunal, who ruled the Perth-based swimmer had strong grounds for inclusion in the team.

Kane Radford. Photo / File
Kane Radford. Photo / File