Penny Oleksiak To Join Gators At Mel Zajac Jr. International


Four-time Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiakwho has made the move to Gainesville to train with the Florida Gators for the next few months, will return to her home country next weekend to compete at the Mel Zajac Mr. International meet. The competition will be held June 1-3 at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 17-year-old will be making the trip with her Gator training mates, as the likes of Caeleb DresselRyan Lochte and Mark Szaranek are among those who are also confirmed to be in attendance.

After her performance at the Commonwealth Games wasn’t up to her lofty standards, leaving with zero individual medals, she made the move to train in Florida in order to put a solid foundation in place prior to the run up to the Pan Pacific Championships in August.

She joined the Gators last weekend at the Atlanta Classic, putting together some solid swims given she was in heavy training. She won the 200 fly, an event she hasn’t really pursued since breaking out in 2016, in a new personal best of 2:11.22, and also won the 100 free in 55.13 and took 2nd in the 50 (25.79).

In addition to Oleksiak and some of the Gators, High Performance Centre athletes from both Vancouver and Victoria are expected to attend, which likely will include the likes of Yuri KisilMarkus Thormeyer and Emily Overholt. Full psych sheets should be released shortly.

For a full list of teams attending, the meet schedule, and where you can buy tickets, click here.

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Any possibility that she makes it her permanent home in the lead up to Tokyo? Troy’s program isn’t exactly a “few months and show a ton of improvement” kind of thing.


Just as a clarification, Pretty sure she wore a racing suit in the finals last week. I’m fairly certain the enitire gator group basically didn’t suit up in the am, then suited up in the pm.


I was there and that is true. Dressel wore a brief the entire time til Sunday finals.


Also some USA Juniors will be there too

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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