VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 25. DURING the second evening of the Mel Zajac Jr. International Meet, Olympic star Ryan Lochte smashed the meet record in the men's 200-meter IM after a double last night.
Lochte, serving as the centerpiece of the meet this weekend, opened the night by finishing second in the men's 50-meter backstroke with a 26.52 after picking up wins in the 200-meter backstroke and freestyle events last night. Gleb Suvurov won the sprint backstroke with a time of 26.39, while Russell Wood earned third in 26.62.
Lochte then returned in the men's 200-meter IM with a vengeance, crushing the meet record with a 2:00.15. That swim smashed the 2:01.73 standard set by Mitchell Larkin a year ago. Bogdan Knezevic finished well back in second with a 2:06.53, while Suvurov wound up third in 2:06.66.
In an extremely close contest, 14-year-old Ingrid Wilm touched out Hannah Weiss by the slimmest of margins, 29.58 to 29.59, in the women's 50-meter back. Lauren Lavigna rounded out the podium with a third-place 29.82.
Tianna Rissling posted a 2:17.30 to win the women's 200-meter IM, while Rachel Millet touched out 15-year-old Lili Margitai, 2:21.15 to 2:21.27, for second-place in the finale.
Noemie Thomas opened the night with a 58.78 to win the women's 100-meter fly going away. Her closest competition proved to be 15-year-old Lili Margitai and 17-year-old Hannah Weiss, who tied for second with matching 1:02.09s. Thomas nearly cleared Dana Vollmer's 2010 meet record of 58.59. Coleman Allen took home the men's 100-meter fly crown in 54.71 after topping the preliminary heats with a 54.71. Logan Rysemus (56.19) and Rohan Jacobs (56.40) finished second and third. Notably, Brad deBorde smoked a 56.04 to win the B final.
Brittany MacLean dominated the women's 400-meter freestyle with a 4:13.32, while Jessica Thielmann placed second in 4:16.29. Lindsay Delmar wound up third in 4:17.30 with Club Wolverine's Emily Brunemann taking fourth in 4:17.82. Jeremy Bagshaw posted a seven-second triumph in the men's 400-meter free with a 3:53.56. Kier Maitland (4:00.16) and Sean Penhale (4:03.27) completed the top three.
Natalie Hinds surged to victory in the women's 50-meter free with a 25.87. Ash Sutherland picked up second in 26.57, while Paige Kremer wound up third in 26.61. In a fun-filled men's splash-and-dash, Luke Peddie and deBorde deadheated in the men's 50-meter free with 23.67s. David Hibberd finished third in 23.73.
Tera Van Beilen turned in a 2:29.51 to capture the women's 200-meter breaststroke title. Fiona Doyle (2:30.26) and Kierra Smith (2:32.78) completed the top three. Andrew Poznikoff clipped Ashton Baumann, 2:18.44 to 2:18.62, in the men's 200-meter breast. Nick Kostiuk touched third in 2:19.05.