Langley’s Tapp takes medals of each colour

Strong showing for young Olympians swimmers at Mel Zajac meet at UBC

Jake Tapp won medals of each colour at the Mel Zajac Jr. International Invitational.

The swim meet was held at UBC from May 25 to 27 and had a strong international field and a team of 10 from the Langley Olympians Swim Club were among the competitors.

“This was a great learning experience for our younger swimmers competing against elite level, best in the world athletes,” said Olympians coach Brian Metcalfe.

Tapp, 23, won gold in the 100 fly, silver in the 50 fly and bronze in the 200 individual medley and the 100 back events.

Chelsey Salli, 20, was fourth in the women’s 50 breast, seventh in the 200 breast and eighth in the 100 breast. She also made the B final in the 100 back and 200 IM and the C final in the 50 fly.

Both Tapp and Salli were finalist at the Canadian Olympic trials in Montreal back in April.

Justin Schramm, 14, set a new Olympians club record in the 200 fly as well as qualifying for the B final. Hillary Metcalfe, 14, made two B finals in the 200 IM and the 200 breast.

And Siobahn Board, 14,  made the C final in the 50 back while Michael MacDonald, 14, qualified for the C final in the 50 back.

“The kids all responded well with many of them making second swims against elite swimmers.

“To have 14-year-olds making B finals at this level is just awesome.”