Kelowna AquaJets gain experience at Zajac meet

Emily Epp, Paige Foster, Molly Hill and Axana Merckx compete alongside Canada's Olympians at swim event Vancouver

  • Tue Jun 7th, 2016 2:00pm
  • Sports

Paige Foster was one of four Kelowna AquaJets to compete at the Mel Zajac Jt. International Meet in Vancouver.

Four Kelowna AquaJets senior swimmers gained some major competitive experience at the Mel Zajac Jr International Meet, May 27 to 29 in Vancouver.

For Emily Epp, Paige Foster, Molly Hill and Axana Merckx it was an opportunity to compete with top level international swimmers heading to the Olympics in Rio this summer.

Head coach Emil Dimitrov was pleased with the efforts of all these young swimmers.

Molly Hill, 14, finished seventh in the A final in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:26.20.

She followed that up with a 12th place-finish in the 100 fly in a time of 1:05.01.

Teammate Axana Merckx, 15, made the B final in the 400 IM and finished 14th overall with a time of 5:13.37.

Also placing was Emily Epp, 16, whose 10th place finish in the 1,500 freestyle in a time of 18:28.46 was also an age group qualifying time.

Just a week after competing in the KAJ Long Course meet in Kelowna the four swimmers achieved five personal best times at the meet.

Merckx bettered her previous times in three of her swims, in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke.

Hill and Epp achieved one personal best time each in the 100 backstroke and 1,500 freestyle respectively.