Mel Zajac 2012

16 of BCST’s finest ventured to the “Great White North” to compete in the 2012 Mel Zajac International.  This meet is traditionally fast, and this year was no exception.  Olympians & National Team members from all over the world came together for the 3 day meet, and BCST swimmers were right in the mix.

The stars were out with Olympians Bronte Barratt(AUS), Brent Hayden(CAN), Leisel Jones(AUS), Mitch Larsen(AUS), Erica Morningstar(CAN) and Hayden Stoeckel(AUS) to name a few, and their swims didn’t disappoint.  But the crowd and the swimmers were on truly hyped to watch the amazing performances of World Champions and Olympic Gold medalists Park Tae-Hwan(KOR) and Stephanie Rice(AUS). 


BCST Highlights:

  • Ed Kim breaking the team record in the 200 Back & finishing 3rdbehind Australian Olympians Hayden Stoeckel, and Mitchel Larkin.  Ed was also 4thin the 50 Back, 14thin the 50 Free, and 5thin the 100 Back.
  • Steve Sholdra earning a spot on the awards podium by finishing 3rdin the 200 Fly.  Steve was also 6thin the 400 IM, 15thin the 400 Free, 3rdin the 200 Fly, and 7thin the 1500 Free.
  • Kim Williams breaking the team record & qualifying for Olympic Trials in the 200 IM.  She finished 3rdbehind Canadian Olympian Erica Morningstar & World record holder Stephanie Rice from Australia.  Kim was also 10thin the 100 Breast.
  • Alec Barnard placed 15thin the 100 Fly & 14thin the 200 Fly.
  • Kalena Laurent finished 10th in the 200 Fly & 12th in the 400 Free.
  • Caitlin Cox finished 13thin the 50 Back.
  • Anna Keane was 10thin the 50 Free.
  • Lily Morris got 15thin the 50 Fly.
  • Liam Sosisnky placed 13thin the 100 Breast, 7thin the 400 IM, 6thin the 200 Breast, and 14thin the 50 Breast.
  • The old war horse Paolo Stanchi finished 8thin the 200 Back, 5thin the 400 IM, 10thin the 200 Breast, 15thin the 50 Breast, and 15thin the 100 Back.


A lot of good came out of the meet through the experience and exposure the BCST swimmers took in.  Other items we learned from this past weekend – Kayla Roberson will check her bag twice for her passport, Ed Kim found out a 2 pound hamburger is a lot of meat, & Michael Stanchi will not miss an event in Canada again with the fines he incurred.  A special thanks to Linda Stanchi who chaperoned to perfection again, and to our Canadian citizen Alex Seidel who helped us with the language barrier.  Great meet guys.