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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