Caeleb Dressel Wins Twice at Mel Zajac International; Lochte, Oleksiak Victorious

Caeleb Dressel. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The annual Mel Zajac Jr. International meet opened in Vancouver on Friday with a mix of top-level swimmers from Canada and the United States.

Caeleb Dressel turned in another fast swim, this time in the 200 free, winning the event in 1:48.73.

He finished ahead of former Florida teammates Maxime Rooney (1:49.84) and Mitch D’Arrigo (1:50.39).

Later in the night, Dressel won the 50 fly in 23.69. Stephen Calkins was second (24.51) and Sid Farber was third (24.52).

Ryan Lochte won the 400 IM in 4:15.18, nearly seven seconds ahead of Tristan Cote (4:22.52) and Mark Szanarek (4:24.19).

Canada’s Penny Oleksiak won the 50 fly in 26.59, finishing ahead of Gretchan Walsh (27.14) and Sarah Watson (27.44).

Ben Lawless won the 800 free in 8:05.94, finishing ahead of Alex Pratt (8:10.84) and Ross Dant (8:15.56).

Isabelle Stadden won the 200 back in 2:08.37, followed by Katharine Berkhoff (2:10.55) and Sherridon Dressel (2:15.65).

In the men’s 200 back, Markus Thormeyer won in 1:58.14, followed by Clark Beach (1:58.58) and Ethan Harder (2:02.55).

Rachel Nichol won the 100 breast in 1:08.88, holding off Bailey Herbert (1:09.11) and Kelsey Wog (1:09.45).

In the men’s 100 breast, Jaren LeFranc won in 1:03.65, finishing just ahead of Jacob Foster (1:03.91) and Ruishen Yu (1:04.53).

Mackenzie Padington won the 200 free in 1:59.09. Kyla Leibel was second in 2:01.48 and Gretchan Walsh was third (2:02.14).

Kelley Fertel won the 400 IM in 4:44.46 to finish ahead of Padington (4:45.68) and Savanna Faulconer (4:47.27).

In the women’s 1500 free, Taylor Kabacy won in 17:28.25. Samantha Zastre was second (17:34.78) and Abby Maguire was third (17:42.20).


  1. avatar
    Lindsey Olsen

    Rachel Nicol

  2. Jaclyn Kile

    Sandye Horne is this the same meet Thomas is swimming in?

  3. avatar
    M D Scott

    Unless we hear somehow that he was somewhat rested, I’d call Lochte’s 4:15 as the swim of the meet. Can you look back and see what he was doing in late May/Early June in that event in his best years? How did his splitting go? Was he fully extended? Please educate us as best you can on his race.