Hayden Caps Mel Zajac International Meet in Stylish Fashion

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 20. BRENT Hayden couldn’t have scripted a better weekend than the one he just enjoyed at the Mel Zajac International Swim Meet. Completing three days of superb swimming, Hayden set a meet record in the 100 freestyle on Sunday. More important, he appears ready for next month’s World Championships in Montreal.

Becoming the first man in meet history to dip under the 50-second barrier, Hayden won the 100 free in 49.96 to claim an easy triumph over Rick Say (51.43). The meet standard was Hayden’s third of the three-day affair, as he also picked up victories and records in the 50 and 200 freestyle events. Last summer, Hayden was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team.

“I didn’t have very big expectations going into this meet,” said Hayden, a 21-year-old. “I had a really bad week of training, just swimming slow. So being able to come up and post all these times is really reassuring. And meet records are a real bonus on top of that.”

While Hayden wrapped up a trifecta, Brittany Reimer accomplished the same feat on the women’s side. Already the winner of the 400 and 1,500 freestyles, Reimer took first place in the 800 freestyle with a time of 8:49.03. Meanwhile, Sophie Simard complemented her triumph in the 200 free with a win in the 100 free (56.81).

Morgan Knabe, who has had a sensational career for Canada in the breaststroke events, won the 50-meter sprint in his specialty, as he was clocked in 28.89. For the women, the 50 breast crown went to Laura Graham (33.07). In the 200 butterfly, first-place finishes were notched by Audrey Lacroix (2:12.39) and Jerram Chudleigh (2:04.42).

Other victories went to Erin Gammel in the women’s 100 backstroke (1:03.63), Riley Janes in the men’s 100 back (57.62) and Jan Wolfgarten in the men’s 1,500 freestyle (15:31.31).