Langley’s Tapp short in Olympic bid

Seven Langley swimmers were in Montreal hoping to earn a spot on Team Canada

Jake Tapp came agonizingly close to qualifying for his second straight Olympic Summer Games.

The Langley swimmer placed second in the 200 individual medley event last week (March 27- April 1) in Montreal at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic swimming trials.

The 23-year-old made the Canadian team for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

Tapp was one of seven members of the Langley Olympians Swim Club who were competing at the trials. He made two other finals as well, placing fourth in the 100 back and 100 fly events.

Other local swimmers at the meet included: Melanie Dodds, 23, who made the finals in the 200 IM and 400 IM, placing fifth and seventh, respectively.

Chelsey Salli, 20, made the finals in the 100 breast and 200 IM, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.

Charlie Tapp, 22, made the 50 free final, where he placed eighth.

Tricia Kiss, 23, Rachelle Salli, 22, and Hillary Metcalfe, 13, were also at the meet. Metcalfe was one of just two 13-year-olds at the meet.

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