Connor Vander Zalm Connor Vander Zalm


Kelowna, British Columbia

500 Freestyle
1,000 Freestyle
1,650 Freestyle
400 IM
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2008-2009: Broke the school record in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle, winning the MAC Championship title in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:39.75. Also earned a life-time best time and a fourth place finish in the 400 IM (4:02.71) at the MAC meet. Was a member of the record-breaking 800 freestyle relay. Named to the first team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC, maintaining a 3.75 GPA, at the end of the 08-09 season. Was a co-captain in 08-09.

2007-2008: Placed 10th in the 1650 freestyle with a career best time 15:55.41 at MAC Championships. Also earned career best times in the 500 freestyle (4:38.73) and 400 IM (4:07.76) at the MAC meet...Named 1st Team All-MAC, MAC All-Academic team as well as the MAC Swimmer of the week (10/16).

2006-2007: Scored consolation points in three events at the MAC Championships. Finished 12th in the 400 IM (4:12.30), 14th in the 1,650 freestyle (16:36.32) and 16th in the 500 freestyle (4:46.20). Named MAC Swimmer of the Week after helping the Bulls to a season-opening victory over Ball State.

High School: Graduated from Kelowna Secondary School. Swam for seven seasons with the Kelowna Aqua Jets coached by Takeo Inoki. Qualified for the Senior Nationals and competed at the Pan Pacific Trials. Finished second in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2006 British Columbia Long Course Championships.

Personal: Born February 26, 1988. Son of Jeff and Pati Vander Zalm. Has one sister (Christian). Favorite food is ice cream. Favorite TV show is Entourage. Famous family members include Bill Vander Zalm, the 28th premier of British Columbia (1986-91).

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Lists lifetime goal as becoming prime minister of Canada. Majoring in business.