Walsh, Berkoff Blast Bests, Dressel Goes 28.8 50 BR At Mel Zajac Day 3

2018 MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL

The third and final preliminary session from the Mel Zajac Jr. International meet in Vancouver saw some more impressive performances from the U.S. junior national team, along with Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte in action in their final two events of the competition.

The U.S. juniors established a few more PBs this morning, including Zoie Hartman knocking half a second off her 50 breast to take the top seed in 32.17. Calgary’s Rachel Nicol (32.22) and Hartman’s teammate Ema Rajic (32.38) are close behind.

Gretchen Walsh and Katharine Berkoff both hit best times on Saturday morning, and did so again on Sunday. Walsh took the top seed in the women’s 100 free, clocking 55.50 to lower her PB of 56.12 from the 2017 U.S. Open. Mackenzie Padington, who has been on a tear here, qualified 2nd in 56.52, and Penny Oleksiak avoided a third straight freestyle B-final by taking 9th in 57.97 (10-person final).

Berkoff dropped her 100 back best by nearly a second in 1:00.69, qualifying 2nd behind teammate Isabelle Stadden (1:00.41). Phoebe Bacon (1:02.15) made it a 1-2-3 prelim for the U.S. juniors.

Dressel was in action in the men’s 50 breast and 100 free, taking 1st and 2nd overall respectively. In the 50 breast, he clocked in at 28.85, an official best time, though he opened his 100 breast at the 2015 Nationals in 28.53. Previously, he had been a 31.56 from back in 2012. Jake Foster (29.22) sits 2nd and Liam Johnston (29.27) is 3rd. After dropping over a second from prelims to the final yesterday in the 50 free, it will be interesting to see what kind of time Dressel can drop tonight. So far this year, five Americans have been sub-28.

In the 100 free he cruised to the 2nd seed in 50.68, following Olympic semi-finalist Yuri Kisil (50.07). Maxime Rooney (51.26) qualified for the final in 6th, while Lochte missed out on the A-final in 11th (51.95). He did qualify in the 100 back, where he negative split his way to the 5th spot in 57.63 (out in 29.43, back in 28.20). Clark Beach leads the field there in 56.21.

OTHER EVENTS

  • Canadian junior Bailey Herbet continued her sensational performance at the meet with the top seed in the women’s 200 fly, going 2:18.20 to come within four tenths of her PB. Oleksiak qualified 3rd overall in 2:19.00.
  • U.S. junior Gianluca Urlando leads the men’s event in 2:01.20, with Gator Mark Szaranek having one of his better prelim swims here for 2nd in 2:02.84.

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Pvdh

Stadden could be 59.5 tonight. I think Dressel could be 26 mid this summer if he actually tries the event.

Kristiina

Lochte is tired. Third day after very hard events and old man is better long distantse..

Ol' Longhorn

These are probably the easiest three days since he’s been back training with Troy. The meet isn’t why he’s tired. And he did make the 4 X 100 free relay for London (47 high split) and was third in the 100 fly at OTs back in the day, so it’s not like he can’t generate speed.

PerpetualAutumn

Do you ever post about anything other than how old Ryan Lochte is?

kristiina.

He oldest pro top swimmer long distantce.. 30+ male swimmers the world top5 is many and 400m IM is sensational.. 31 is me and inspireerib. In This meet only in thirty. Ryan not reading these comments.

kristiina

He oldest pro top swimmer long distantce.. 30+ male swimmers the world top5 is many and 400m IM is sensational.. I am 31 years old and he is inspiritonal me.. Ryan was in this meet only in thirtys. Ryan not reading these comments.

Kristiina,Lochte fan

He not young also. Olympic history not know 400IM winners in thirtys. Lochte attempt clory road. I am proud to Ryan Lochte. Strong come back. Why is not he results in TYR world Swimming rankings? Ryan is already TOP15-17. TOP 8 is way 4seconds in 400IM and 200IM 2 seconds. After half year hard training. He not hard training 1,5years likely Phelps 2012-2014. He 100m speed is bad but 200IM ja 400IM and real change make glory history: Oldest indivudal cold ja medalist. In Tokyo is Ryan nearly 36.Anthony Ervin in RIO was half-year younger. I waiting this glory history.

Kristiina

He not young also. Olympic history not know 400IM winners in thirtys. Lochte attempt clory road. I am proud to Ryan Lochte. Strong come back. Why is not he results in TYR world Swimming rankings? Ryan is already TOP15-17. TOP 8 is way 4seconds in 400IM and 200IM 2 seconds. After half year hard training. He not hard training 1,5years likely Phelps 2012-2014. He 100m speed is bad but 200IM ja 400IM and real change make glory history: Oldest indivudal cold ja medalist. In Tokyo is Ryan nearly 36.Anthony Ervin in RIO was half-year younger. I waiting this glory history. He isperered he comback.

Kristiina

Ryan inspired me come back. I am nearly retired local level paraswimming but is strong itch again. I am thirty one an six month old. Coming back is hardest thirtys than twentys: I must do streching exercises before and after every training, little injuries coming easly, I must do specical exercises in my knees,back and shoulders..

tammy touchpad error

Let’s play a game

28.8 – 23.1 Prelims here
‘27.7’ – 22.1 Finals here
‘26.6’ – 21.1 Current best time

‘26.3’ – 20.8? Predicted 2018 Time

Just going off of the numbers. I don’t actually think he’ll go 26 low, although I can’t see why he won’t go 26 something if he does it at Nationals.

Pvdh

It’s probably more apt to go be percentage improvement. Especially since he’s not very experienced on breast, while he’s a been a freestyler for life. So his improvement curve would be bigger on breast

coach

I would be reluctant to make time predictions for Nationals. Remember that the meet is in Irvine, with a very shallow turn end and lots of waves. That meet will be about getting your hand to the wall first, not about time.

Tammy Touchpad Error

7 ft all across. Deep enough

Ol' Longhorn

I’m probably the only one who doesn’t think he’ll be faster in the 50 free this year. He hasn’t been emphasizing it in training —- said he just started sprinting a few weeks before NCAAs, and he obviously went back up in volume since then. He’s working on going up to LCM 200 free (for the relay) and 200 IM and completing a full, Phelpsian schedule (albeit shorter distances) Olympic schedule. I think his big drops this summer will be in the 200 free (1:45?) and 200 IM (if he swims it, 1:54?). The others will be about where they were. Might drop some in the 100 free, but I think 50 free and 100 fly will be about the… Read more »

Yabo

He just started sprinting and still went 17 so……

Sam Green

Seems plausible in theory, but unlikely in reality. Also I highly doubt he would swim the 50 breast especially considering it is on the same days as the 100 fly

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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