FINA Officially Recognizes Lauren Boyle’s Controversial 1500 Freestyle Short Course World Record

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 15. In what has been an arduous few months of backroom wrangling, Lauren Boyle’s world record in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle at the Wellington Winter Short Course Championships in New Zealand in August has been ratified with it no longer being listed as pending by FINA.  With the ratification, Boyle becomes the second New Zealand woman to ever set a global mark in short course events. Anna Simcic set the first one for NZL with a 2:07.11 in the 200-meter backstroke in 1992.

Boyle clocked a 15:22.68 in the event, crushing Mireia Belmonte Garcia’s record of 15:26.95 set last November at the Spanish Short Course Championships.  The controversy came up with questions regarding the legitimacy of the Wellington pool with New Zealand watchdog David Wright filing an official protest on the pool prior to the meet.

Wright, who has often been a thorn in Swimming New Zealand’s side with regular shots at the organization on his blog SwimWatch.net, claimed that the pool not only had a current, but also was too shallow in the shallow end (1.2m). FINA, however, requires a minimum depth of 1.35m per FINA Rule FR2.3.

Comparative Splits

Belmonte Garcia:

29.15, 1:00.47 (31.32), 1:32.28 (31.81), 2:03.99 (31.71), 2:35.44 (31.45), 3:06.66 (31.22), 3:37.85 (31.19), 4:09.11 (31.26), 4:40.32 (31.21) 5:11.55 (31.23), 5:42.61 (31.06),
6:13.67 (31.06), 6:44.72 (31.05), 7:15.66 (30.94), 7:46.60 (30.94), 8:17.40 (30.80), 8:48.37 (30.97), 9:19.07 (30.70), 9:50.12 (31.05), 10:21.32 (31.20), 10:52.53 (31.21), 11:23.12 (30.59), 11:53.82 (30.70), 12:24.62 (30.80), 12:55.33 (30.71), 13:25.72 (30.39), 13:56.30 (30.58), 14:26.86 (30.56), 14:57.51 (30.65), 15:26.95 (29.44)

Boyle:

28.46, 58.66 (30.20), 1:29.07 (30.41), 1:59.51 (30.44), 30.49 (2:30.00), 3:00.55 (30.55), 3:31.15 (30.60), 4:01.74 (30.59), 4:32.34 (30.60), 5:03.01 (30.67), 5:33.85 (30.84), 6:04.57 (30.72), 6:35.31 (30.74), 7:06.10 (30.79), 7:36.85 (30.75), 8:08.05 (31.20), 8:39.13 (31.08), 9:10.07 (30.94), 9:41.23 (31.16), 10:12.38 (31.15), 10:43.42 (31.04), 11:14.64 (31.22), 11:45.92 (31.28), 12:17.24 (31.32), 12:48.15 (30.91), 13:19.13 (30.98), 13:50.21 (31.08), 14:21.04 (30.83), 14:52.09 (31.05), 15:22.68 (30.59)

8 Comments

8 comments

  1. avatar
    Felix

    Second NZ woman to hold a sc wr…..the first was Anna Simcic in 1991 in 200 back

  2. avatar
    mark copsey

    David Wright is no watchdog. More like a busy body who forgets that swimming is about the swimmers and making the best of the resources they have available. If wellington pool is not to standard then no pool in NZ is. What does he propose.

  3. avatar
    Clive Rushton

    Mark, Davis simply proposes that races start from the other end.

  4. avatar
    Felix

    Mark that is such an ignorant & uneducated comment. Plenty of pools in NZ are.

  5. avatar
    Leander

    All things being equal, wouldn’t you swim slower in a shallower pool?

  6. avatar

    Leander, exactly. Lauren is a world class swimmer and, yes, she woukd have swim faster in a conforming pool.

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