Boyle looks to increase speed

Top New Zealand freestyler Lauren Boyle's success at the world short-course swimming championships has motivated her to go faster next year.

After winning gold and bronze, Boyle set a New Zealand record on the final day of competition in Turkey.

Her time of 1min 55.40sec in the heats of the 200-metre freestyle eclipsed the mark of 1:56.32 set by Melissa Ingram four years ago.

Having given it her all in her heat in order to qualify, she finished eighth in a final won by London Olympics triple gold medallist Allison Schmitt of the United States.

Earlier in the meet in Istanbul, Boyle produced the big highlight for New Zealand by taking out the 800m freestyle title.

She followed that up on her 25th birthday by claiming bronze in the 400m.

Boyle, who came an impressive fourth in the 800m at the London Games, believes the longer distances are her target and going faster over 200m will be a help.

"I am pretty competitive worldwide in the 800 and 400," she said.

"But at the same time, improving my 200 time will help my speed for the 400 and in turn the 800 too."

Overall, the way things have gone over the past week has lifted Boyle's anticipation for 2013.

"It's not going to be easy to improve from here, but I'm still very motivated and determined to improve," she said.

"I'm excited to keep swimming and to see how good I can get."

Boyle will take a break from regular training over Christmas to freshen up mentally.

Her big goal next year is the world championships in Barcelona in July and August.