2014 Mel Zajac Jr. Invitational
May 22-25, 2014 - UBC Vancouver
The second night of finals at the 2014 Zajac Invitational at UBC in Vancouver continued many of the same themes as established on the first night: American swim star Missy Franklin continued to display that she's a class above most of the competition here (as well as being indisputably personable, charming and simply a delight to see on the pool deck), her other teammates on the UC-Berkeley women's team continued to show that they are world-class swimming organization, and there were some notable performances from SwimBC athletes in the meet.
The first race of the night was one of those showcase events for a BC swimmer, as Noemie Thomas (UBCD) posted a world-class time in winning the women's 100 Fly in a time of 59.04. Coleman Allen (UBCD) and Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) followed that shortly thereafter by taking second and third, respectively, in the men's 100 Fly.
Also picking up a victory was Keegan Zanatta (ISC), who, along with teammate Peter Brothers, took first and third in the men's 400 Free, while Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) and Kierra Smith (LLSC) swept the top two spots in the women's 200 Breast. The other BC medalist on the night was UBCD's Jonathan Brown in the men's 200 IM.
Franklin, meanwhile, easily won the women's 50 Back - her best stroke, and tested herself in the 400 Free - a bit longer race than you'd typically see her swim at a major competition, and while she took a valiant run at Brittany MacLean (ESWIM) in the second half of the race, it wasn't enough as she came finished second.
Prize money is being offered for the top five swims, male and female, compared against last year's world rankings, and on the women's side, the CAL women hold five of the top six spots. On the men's side, the distance swims from Ryan Cochrane and Eric Hedlin (ISC) hold the top two rankings heading into the final day of competition.