Day 2 at 2012 Mel Zajac Jr. International

The second day of competition at the 2012 Mel Zajac Jr. International Invitational at the UBC Aquatic Centre continued much as day number one, as the Australian team competing here this weekend continued to take home the bulk of the hardware.

16-year-old Aussie, Yolane Kukla (QAS) won the opening event of the evening, barely holding off 16-year-old Canadian Noemie Thomas (VAND) in 59.02 to Thomas's 59.45.  One of the highest-ranked swims of the evening came from another Australian, Hayden Stoeckel (SASI), in the men's 50 back, as he posted a 25.20 - a time that ranks #9 in the world so far this year.

Certainly the most impressive swis on the second night of finals was defending world and Olympic Champion in the men's 400 Free, Park Tae-Hwan, as he won the men's 400 Free, destroying the old meet record by over six seconds, finishing in 3:44.22 - the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Defending Olympic champion, Stephanie Rice (QAS) won the women's 200IM, despite just barely sneaking into the "A" final, while teammate Mitchell Larkin won the men's 200IM in new meet record time of 2:01.73.

BC swimmers came through towards the end of the evening, winning the last three individual events.  Brent Hayden (VAND) to the men's 50 Free in 22.76; Martha McCabe (VAND) the women's 200 Breast in 2:25.81, and Scott Dickens (VAND), the men's 200 Breast in 2:13.80, setting his second meet record of the competition.