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The start of something extraordinary


The men’s 4x200m freestyle team of Bradlee Ashby (North Shore), Daniel Hunter (Howick Pakuranga), Matt Hyde (Matamata) and Wilrich Coetzee (North Shore) set a new NZ record of 7:08.15s at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou, China on Friday to highlight the Kiwi teams weekend results.

On day 4 of competition, the quartet smashed the previous record (7:12.29s) set at the 2006 World Swimming Championships (25) held by Robert Voss, Cameron Gibson, Andy McMillan and Moss Burmester by over 4 seconds.

Quinton Hurley (Jasi) and Coetzee both posted new PB's on day 5.

Hurley who'd waited ten days to finally race, smashed his 1500m freestyle PB by over 5 seconds. Coetzee who has had a busy race schedule at the championships recorded a new PB by 0.89s in the men's 400m IM heats.

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Day 4

Men 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Ashby, Hunter, Hyde, Coetzee - Heat Time: 7:08.15s (NZR)

Women 400m Freestyle
Hayley McIntosh (Northwave) - Heat Time: 4:12.50s

Women 100m Breaststroke
Ciara Smith (Northwave) - Heat Time: 1:09.13s

Women 50m Backstroke
Paige Flynn (St Peter's) - Heat Time: 28.20s

Day 5

Men 1500m Freestyle
Quinton Hurley (Jasi) - Heat Time: 15:14.65s (PB)

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle
McIntosh, Flynn, Godwin, Deans - Heat Time: 8:01.26s

Women 200m IM
Gina McCarthy (Hillcreast) - Heat Time: 2:15.40s

Men 400m IM
Wilrich Coetzee (North Shore) - Heat Time: 4:13.81s (PB)

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Godwin, Smith, Ouwehand, Flynn - Heat Time: 4:04.38s

Women 50m Freestyle
Rebecca Moynihan (Raumati) - Heat Time: 25.51s

Men 100m Freestyle
Daniel Hunter (Howick Pakuranga) - Heat Time: 47.36s

Women 100m Butterfly
Vanessa Ouwehand (St Peter's) - Heat Time: 1:01.46s

Day 6

Women’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay
Flynn, Moynihan, Godwin, Ouwehand - Heat Time: 1:41.28s

Men 4x100m Medley Relay
Ashby, Schroder, Coetzee, Hunter - Heat Time: 3:32.67s

Women 200m Breaststroke
Ciara Smith (Northwave) - Heat Time: 2:28.12s

Men 200m Backstroke
Bradlee Ashby (North Shore)- Heat Time: 1:55.77s