Overholt Bags Two More Gold on the Final Night of the Mel Zajac Jr International

Emily Overholt added two more gold to her collection on the final night of the Mel Zajac Jr International being held at the University of British Columbia.

Overholt, who had already won both the 200 freestyle and IM, took both the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle on Sunday evening. Her first win came in the 200 butterfly where she posted a time of 2:12.91 finishing over two seconds ahead of the field. The race may have been more interesting if Noemie Thomas was not disqualified in the prelims.

Overholt returned to the pool less than 20 minutes later to take the 100 freestyle in a time of 56.77 over half a second ahead of Meryn McCann who recorded a 57.52.

“I think I had about 15 minutes in between,” said Overholt.
“I didn’t really have time to think about how I was tired.
“This doesn’t happen too often at international meets, but it’s good to practise swimming back-to-back. I’ve been practising it a lot recently. I did it last weekend in Charlotte [at the Pro Swim Series meet]. This summer I actually have 400 IM and the 4×200 freestyle relay on the same day at Pan Ams. We’ve been working on doubling back, having multiple swims each day and being able to do them at a high level.”

Rachel Nicol collected her second win of the weekend taking the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 31.59 close to a second ahead of the field. Nicol’s time is the fifth fastest that she has ever posted and was not far off of her lifetime best of 31.15 which she put up in April.

Kevin Cordes swept the breaststroke events with a win the men’s 50 breaststroke. Cordes won the event in a time of 28.57. He was followed by Andrew Poznikoff who posted a 29.02.

Two Puerto Rican men had an outstanding race for the 200 butterfly title. Andrew Torres had a lead of over half a second at the halfway point over his fellow countryman Yeziel Morales. Morales had a strong second half but did not have enough in the tank to catch Torres. Torres won the event in a time of 2:03.16 followed by Morales who recorded a 2:03.20.

Russell Wood captured his third title of the weekend winning the 100 backstroke in a time of 55.88. Wood also won the 50 backstroke and the 200 IM.

16 year old Ingrid Wilm won the women’s event in a time of 1:02.47.

Yuri Kisil won the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 50.49 followed by Stefan Milosevic who touched in a time of 50.82.

“Tonight I tried to look at my race as more a whole, equating Charlotte and this meet,” said Kisil, who is also bound for Pan Ams. “I looked at all four of my 100 frees and wanted to be as close to 3:20 as possible – or 50 seconds. I got to 3:21, so I was pretty happy.”


Olivia Anderson won the women’s 800 freestyle in a time of 8:46.35 while Eric Hedlin took the men’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 15:40.73.

Full results can be found here.

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