May 27, 2019
The Langley Olympians had a good showing at the 56th Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet. 15 swimmers from LOSC participated in the meet, making it the biggest group LOSC swimmers since 2009! The Zajac meet was originally founded in 1963 as Canada Cup by swim coach Howard Firby. His vision was to bring elite swimmers to Vancouver to race local athletes. Since 1998, Mel Zajac Sr. has graciously sponsored the meet in memory of his sons Mel and Marty. Mel Jr. was a member of the Canadian national team and competed at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He died in a 1986 kayaking accident. Just eight months later his brother Marty was killed in an avalanche.
Over 800 swimmers from Canada and the world participated in the meet. These included top swimmers representing Canadian provinces, top youth Canadian swimmers representing Team Canada, and the USA Junior Team. Some senior Canadian swimmers in the meet include Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist Markus Thormeyer, Fina World Championships Teamer Emma O’Croinin, Olympic Bronze Medalist Emily Overholt, and many more. LOSC swimmer Hugh McNeill represented the Canada Youth Team in this meet.
of the meet include:
- Hugh McNeill broke the 400 IM Club Record with a time of 4:34.67L, winning the Junior Finals. Hugh was also the former club record that he set in the 2019 Western Canadian Champs.
- Piyush Kaul made his first 100 BK Canadian Junior Championship Time, with at time of 1:04.78L.
- The Mens 17 yrs and Under 800 FR Relay Team broke a 13 yr old club record with a time of 8:11.93. Team members include Hugh McNeill, Joshua Kim, Adam Schmidt, and Luke Stewart-Beinder. Old Team members were S.Landsiedel, W.Hergesheimer, D.Killy, C.Tapp.
- The Mens 17 yrs and Under 400 Medley Relay Team broke a 13 yr old club record with a time of 4:09.07. Team Members include Hugh McNeill, Joshua Kim, Ayush Kaul, and Luke Stewart-Beinder. Old Team members were J.Tapp, C.Tapp, D.Killy, W.Hergesheimer.
Congratulations to all!