Langley Olympians face elite competition at UBC

A half dozen Langley Olympians were tested in UBC Aquatic Centre waters in Vancouver recently.

The Vancouver Pacific Swim Club hosted the 2015 Mel Zajac Junior International and six members of the Langley Olympians Swim Club qualified for the high-level meet.

Also in attendance were 350 swimmers representing teams from Washington State, Oregon, Alberta, Ontario, and Puerto Rico.

The long course (50 metre pool) meet consisted of heats and finals.

Due to the high level of the meet, there were three finals for each event; A, B and C, with the 24 top swimmers in each event making a second swim.

There were no age groups; all swimmers raced each other regardless of their age.

Hilary Metcalfe, 17, made second swims in all but one of her events, placing fourth in 400m IM, fourth in the 50m breaststroke, fifth in the 200m IM, 12th in the 200m breaststroke and 13th in 100m breaststroke.

Hilary also achieved another senior national qualifying time in the 200m IM in a time of 2:22.11, which gives her a total of four overall.

Renae Ledoux, 15, made second swims in the 50m breaststroke, placing eighth, 100m breaststroke, placing ninth, and 200m breaststroke, also placing ninth.

Bailey Herbert, 12, made a second swim in the 50m breaststroke, placing 20th overall, a great achievement considering she was much younger than her competition.

Josie Field, 13, achieved her third age group national qualifying time in the 50m fly (31.09 seconds), which now earns her a place at the Canadian Age Group Championships.

“The meet was a great success against some very tough competition,” Olympians head coach Brian Metcalfe said. “I was so pleased to see our younger swimmers make second swims and new qualifying times.”

Olympians registration is ongoing.

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