Vancouver swimmers dominate Mel Zajac meet
Canadian world championship team members and Vancouver residents Annamay Pierse, Brent Hayden, Savannah King and Scott Dickens completed golden sweeps in their respective strokes Sunday at the Canada Cup-Mel Zajac Jr. International swimming competition.
Pierse collected her third gold of the weekend in the 50-metre breaststroke in 32.30 seconds, finishing ahead of Vancouver's Martha McCabe in 32.35 and Tianna Rissling of Medicine Hat in 32.43.
Pierse took the 100-metre breaststroke Friday and the 200-metre breaststroke Saturday.
King swept the women's distance freestyle events, capped by Sunday's win in the 800M freestyle in 8:44.58. She also took the 1,500M and 400M freestyle races.
It was also a big night for American swimming star Nathalie Coughling, who collected victories in the 100M freestyle and 100M backstroke, both in meet record time. MacKenzie Downing of Victoria took the 200M butterfly.
On the men's side, Hayden finished in 49.83 seconds to take the men's 100M freestyle with Joel Greenshields of Edmonton second in 51.73 and Blake Worsley of Victoria third in 51.89. Hayden took all three sprint freestyle races (the 50M, 100M and 200M).
Dickens, meanwhile, swept the three men's breaststroke races, including Sunday's 50M race in 28.40 seconds.
Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., was the individual gold medal star collecting his fourth of the competition Sunday with a victory in the 100M backstroke. Other winners in men's competition were Jordan Hartney of Vancouver in the 200M butterfly and Sean Penhale of Calgary in the 1,500M freestyle.