Lauren Marie Boyle MNZM (born 14 December 1987) is a former competitive swimmer from New Zealand. She has competed at three Commonwealth Games and three Olympic Games.[1]

Lauren Boyle
Kazan 2015 - Jessica Ashwood and Lauren Boyle after women's 400m freestyle final.JPG
Boyle (black cap) and Jessica Ashwood (yellow cap) at 2015 world championships
Personal information
Full nameLauren Marie Boyle
National team New Zealand
Born (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 32)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
College teamUniversity of California, Berkeley


Boyle won a bronze medal with Helen Norfolk, Alison Fitch and Melissa Ingram in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

At the 2008 Olympic Games she was a member of the New Zealand 4 × 200 m freestyle relay team which was disqualified in the heats.

She won a silver medal with Penelope Marshall, Amaka Gessler and Natasha Hind in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Boyle was fourth fastest in the heats of the 400m freestyle in a New Zealand record 4:03.63. In the final she finished 8th. In the 800m heats she swam 8:25.91, also a New Zealand record, qualifying fifth fastest for the final. In the final she swam another record of 8:22.72 to finish fourth, 2.40 seconds from the bronze medal which went to defending champion and world record holder Rebecca Adlington.

In August 2013, Boyle claimed three medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, becoming only the second New Zealander to achieve this feat (after Danyon Loader in 1994).[2]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Boyle won gold in the 400m freestyle and a silver medal in the 800m freestyle. She also finished fourth in the final of the 200m freestyle after breaking the New Zealand record in the heats.[3] In the 400 m freestyle, she set a new Games record in the final.[4]

At the Wellington Winter Short Course meet in August 2014 Boyle broke the World Short Course record in the women's 1500m freestyle with a time of 15:22.68.[5]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Boyle was 14th fastest in the semi-finals of the 400 m freestyle, and did not make the final.[6] In the 800 m freestyle, she was 0.29 of a second off making the final.

Boyle is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She announced her retirement from competitive swimming on the 1 August 2017 due to ongoing injury problems.

In the 2020 New Year Honours, Boyle was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to swimming.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lauren Boyle". New Zealand Olympic Committee.
  2. ^ "Lauren Boyle takes record third medal at FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona," 3news, 4 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ Lauren Boyle misses the medals in 200m free, 25 July 2014
  4. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Women's 400m Freestyle Final". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  5. ^ Swimmer Lauren Boyle sets new world record, 09 August 2014
  6. ^ "Rio 2016 400m freestyle women - Olympic Swimming". International Olympic Committee. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "New Year honours list 2020". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019.

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Preceded by

Mireia Belmonte
Women's 1500 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

9 August 2014 – 12 December 2014
Succeeded by

Mireia Belmonte