Missy Franklin Wins Three On Final Night Of Mel Zajac International

Missy Franklin kicked off the final night of competition at the Mel Zajac International with a win in the 100m back giving her a sweep of the backstroke events. Franklin’s time of 1:00.97 was good enough to take down both of her training partners: Rachel Bootsma and Elizabeth Pelton from Cal who finished second and third behind her. Rounding out fourth through sixth were some of Canada’s best backstrokers. Brooklynn Snodgrass swam a 1:02.19 to finish fourth behind the Cal girls followed by Dominique Bouchard and Genevieve Cantin. The Cal girls have showed a complete domination at this meet by going 1-2-3 in that order in every single backstroke event.

On the mens side there was also a backstroke sweep, this time at the hands of Russell Wood. Wood rocketed to a 56.68 tonight to finish over a second ahead of runner-up Markus Thormeyer who got his hand on the wall in 57.70. Sneaking in for the bronze was UBC’s Coleman Allen who touched in at 58.36.

With the warm-down pool at the competition currently unavailable, Missy Franklin had a quick turn around from the 100m backstroke final to the 100m freestyle final considering that she couldn’t warm down. Franklin was still able to turn on the heat however and trumped PPO’s Victoria Poon 55.71 to 55.93. Sandrine Mainville rounded out the top three with a swift 56.12.

Geoff Cheah from Club Wolverine who’s been having a fantastic meet up in Canada tallied up another win tonight after churning in a 50.54 to win the mens 100m freestyle final. Top qualifier Stefan Milosevic was unable to catch Cheah after the 50m mark despite making up some distance on him. Milosevic had to settle for silver in 50.80.

In the womens 50m breaststroke final Marie-Solei Jean-Lapachelle took down Tera Van Beilen who’s been on fire this meet in the breaststroke events en route to a big win. Jean-Lapachelle swam a 32.18 for the win. Rebecca Terejko picked up the silver, and Van Beilen had to settle for the bronze.

Richard Funk was able to come away with the breaststroke sweep after winning the 50m breaststroke tonight in 28.55. Funk has truly seperated himself from the rest of the field this competition showing no mercy for competitors by absolutely tearing up his races. Last night, Funk won the 200m breaststroke by over five seconds.

Noemie Thomas has been on a roll this weekend taking down her two rivals Katerine Savard and Audrey Lacroix in both the 50 and 100 flys. Tonight, Thomas wasn’t able to produce another stunner as fly veteran Lacroix stole the show with a 2:09.80. That time was just under a second slower than the time she posted at Canadian trials a few weeks back. Savard ended up coming in second, Thomas third.

Mack Darragh took home a win for the Oakville Aquatic Club in the mens 200m fly racketing up a 2:01.80. Thomas Jobin finished way back in second lace with a 2:03.98 followed by Darragh’s teammate Evan White in 2:04.05. White has been truly incredible this season with his slaughter of age group records and expansion of his event repertoire.

Missy Franklin picked up her third and final gold of the night as the University of California girls threw together a winning 4x100m medley relay. The team of Elizabeth Pelton, Caitilin Leverenz, Farida Osman, and Franklin put together a 4:10.58 to beat the UBC Dolphins team by over five seconds.

The UBC Dolphins won the mens 4x100m medley relay in 3:52.20.

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6 years ago

Many people have commented that Missy Franklin’s times at this meet were fine for somebody who is in the middle of heavy training, but not as good as she has been able to swim “in season” previously. I would like the opinion of the experts here atvSwimswam on this question: is it possible that Missy is swimming slower because she was training at altitude in Colorado before but is no longer doing so at Cal?

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Reply to  danjohnrob
6 years ago

If you look at the times she swam with Todd Schmitz at the Grand Prix meets, yes she was faster in-season in the past years. Around 54.50/54.75 in the 100 free, 1.57/1.58 in the 200 free, 59.50/1.00 in the 100 back or 2.07/2.08 in the 200 back. But I think it’s hard to compare. She has finished her first college season so I imagine she has begun a huge long course training period since the NCAA championships. I think she swims now in-season with less rest than before. We must be used to seeing her swim slower in-season. But no worries. Everything is fine if she swims fast or crazy fast with best times at the big meet. That’s what… Read more »

Reply to  danjohnrob
6 years ago

I think that the lack of warmup pool at this meet has to be included for proper perspective on her results. With so many races across 4 days, that’s not insignificant.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

They did have some partial lanes set up in the wings of the pool to allow for some attempt at warm down, though a real pool is much better. On one side the lanes were about 13m and the other was probably just short of 25m. Not the best, but I think meet management did the best they could for the athletes in a situation which was out of their control

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

For some perspective on this, having no warmup/warmdown lanes during a meet was standard practice in the 70s. We considered ourselves lucky if there was a dive tank we could warm down in.

And we swam against strong currents, both ways.

Reply to  Oldtimer
6 years ago

Oldtimer – ha! And Missy’s times from this weekend would have been amazing in the 70’s, in season or not.

6 years ago

I saw her swims on the last night at the Zajac and she looked tired. That said, everybody did, especially the university / college athletes. This is a tough time of year for those athletes. Studying for finals, finals themselves, moving out of residence and going home plus heavy training… Not ideal circumstances for fast swimming. Plus, as noted other people posting here, there was no warm down pool. Her 100 free was very impressive, I thought. Out in 27.3 and back in 27.8. She crushed the other girls on the way back. On another note, Missy is a big girl! She looks bigger than 6’1″ and she’s very muscular for a woman of her size. And she carries her… Read more »

6 years ago

Don’t want to be the one, who brings that news, but magic was in air, Altitude in Colorado ,she should be 1sec off on 100s this summer and 2sec on 200s. even she in great program right now.

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