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.

Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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