Luca Urlando Crushes 1:54.35 in 200 Fly to Close Mel Zajac International

Gianluca Urlando; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2019 Mel Zajac Jr. International concluded on Sunday night in Vancouver, led again by Luca Urlando.

The DART Swimming competitor won the 200 fly in 1:54.35 to earn a personal best performance by nearly a second. His performance broke the meet record, set in 2008 by Adam Sioui. It also stands as the third-fastest time in the world this year.

Kristofhun Milak has the tip time in 1:53.19, while Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi is second in 1:53.42.



Here is a look at what else happened on Day 3:

Women’s 50 Breast

Rachel Nichol opened the final session of the meet with a 31.42 in the 50 breast to claim victory.

Kaitlyn Dobler was the only other swimmer in the field to go under 32 as she finished in 31.93.

Avery Wiseman finished third in 32.02, followed by Anna Keating (32.48), Lili Chicoine (32.54), Janessa Mathews (32.72), Abby Arens (32.81) and Hillary Metcalfe (32.84).

Men’s 50 Breast

Kevin Houseman opened the men’s session with a narrow victory in the 50 breast ahead of two competitors.

Houseman won the event in 28.55, followed by Caspar Corbeau and Richard Funk, who both swam 28.65 to tie for second.

Jimmy Deiparine was fourth in 28.73, followed by Josh Matheny (29.28), Justin Lisoway (29.33), Cy Jager (29.36) and Ethan Dang (29.63).

Women’s 100 Free

Torri Huske continued her strong performance this weekend with a win in the 100 free, clocking a 55.69 to hold off Mackenzie Padington by a hundredth of a second (55.70).

Amy Tang was a close third in 55.90.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was fourth in 56.37, followed by Emily Overholt (56.39), Kelsey Wog (56.40) Ainsley McMurray (57.34) and Emma O’Croinin (57.58).

Men’s 100 Free

Cameron Auchinachie was the only one in the field to break a 50 in the 100 free, winning the event in 49.63.

Carson Olafson finished second in 50.43, followed by Jeremy Bagshaw (51.17), Kyle Robrock (51.45), Stephen Calkins (51.50), Spencer Bougie (51.64), Mehdi Ayoubi (51.67) and Barnard Godolphin (51.88).

Women’s 100 Back

Jade Hannah nearly broke a minute in the women’s 100 back, winning the event in 1:00.14.

Danielle Hanus finished second in 1:01.82, followed by Annabel Crush in 1:01.99.

Ekaterina Avramova and Caitlin Brooks finished tied for fourth at 1:02.02, followed by Ingrid Wilm (1:02.35), Charlotte Hook (1:02.66) and Janelle Rudolph (1:02.79).

Men’s 100 Back

Markus Thormeyer closed the meet with a strong performance in the 100 back. He won in 54.42 to hold off the field by more than a second.

Cole Pratt was second in 55.87, followed by Ian Grum (56.54), Sebastian Somerset (56.97), Tayden De Pol (57.32), William Marois (57.51), Robert Hill (57.69), and Anders Klein (58.17).

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Robbert van Andel
4 years ago

After 34 years of swimming, I’ve gotten pretty good at seeing the difference between butterfly and breaststroke. This is not a picture of someone doing butterfly.

Yegor Litvenok
4 years ago

Robbert van Andel 34 years wasted for nothing , this is butterfly!!

Robbert van Andel
4 years ago

Yegor Litvenok we must be seeing different pictures

4 years ago

No, this is freestyle 🙂

Thomas A. Small
4 years ago


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