Annabel Crush Set To Compete At First International Meet for Team USA

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2019 Mel Zajac Jr. International Meet

Twenty-three members of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team will be competing at the 2019 Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet, slated for May 24-26 on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Making her international debut, Lakeside’s Annabel Crush will be competing against some of the world’s top young swimmers. This will be Annabel’s first time representing Team USA.

“The goal of the trip is to offer a competition and experience which will prepare our best world-ranked junior athletes for future international success. The athletes and coaches will stay in dorms and eat at the dining halls on campus which really prepares athletes for future travels in a village setting” said Mitch Dalton, USA Swimming National Junior Team Program Director.

Annabel was selected to the roster after being named to the 2018-19 US National Junior Team earlier this year. The Mel Zajac Meet has been a great opportunity for swimmers to gain experience with international competition. This group will follow in the footsteps of multiple US Olympians. Maya DiRadoMissy FranklinMolly HannisMelaine Margalis and Tom Shields all competed at Mel Zajac as juniors.

Annabel will be competing in seven individual events, along with a few relays. She is seeded highest in the backstroke events. Going into the meet, she is third in the 50, sixth in the 100, and 16th in the 200.

This meet started back in 1963, and has grown to become a fixture in Canadian swimming. It is one of the largest of its kind, and aims inspire the community and to develop young international talent at home in Canada. In 1998, they re-named the meet in memory of 1976 Canadian Olympian, Mel Zajac Jr.

Click the “meet website” link at the top of the page to follow along and watch the meet via live stream. We want to wish her the best of luck this weekend! #FlyFirstClass and Go Team USA!!!

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