Sydney Pickrem tops her Canadian record in 200 IM, Taylor Ruck ties Canadian medal record


Canada’s Sydney Pickrem already owned the Canadian record for the ladies’s 200-metre particular person medley, however she one upped herself on the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo on Saturday morning.

Pickrem completed second in the occasion with a time of two:09.07, shedding to Japan’s Yui Ohashi by just below a second. Ohashi set a record of her personal, swimming the quickest time ever in the occasion on the Pan Pacifics with a time of two:08.16.

Pickrem was disqualified from that occasion eventually yr’s world championships after she choked on water in the ultimate and received out of the pool.

Pickrem broke her personal Canadian record in the ladies’s 200 IM with a time of two:09.07, on the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. 4:11

“After what occurred final yr, I can think about it redeemed,” Pickrem stated. “It was the very best that I might do that week and that is all I anticipate out of myself, so I am proud of it.

“It has been form of a tough yr being actually sick and having mono earlier this yr, so going into this meet I attempted to don’t have any expectations, simply do the very best I can for Canada. To go that point proper now I am actually completely happy,” she added.​

Canadian Kelsey Wog additionally competed in the race, ending in sixth place with a time of two:12.08.

Canada’s Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith and Alexia Zevnik received bronze in the ladies’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay. It is Ruck’s fourth medal, tying the Canadian record for many medals at a single Pan Pacs. 5:18

Relay group reaches podium

Canada completed third in the 4×100 metre freestyle relay on Saturday morning, lower than 48 hours after securing the very same end result in the 4×200.

The group of Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Rebecca Smith and Mackenzie Paddington completed the occasion in 3:34.07.

Australia received gold in 3:31.58, whereas the US took silver in 3:33.45.

“Selecting up a bronze medal in the Pan Pacs is basically satisfying and one thing that we are able to construct onto going into world championships subsequent yr,” stated Swimming Canada Excessive Efficiency director John Atkinson.

Ruck has tied six different Canadians for essentially the most medals at a single Pan Pacs with 4. Medal data are nothing new for Ruck, who tied the all-time Commonwealth Video games record of eight earlier this yr.

Canada has six medals total on the championships, one in need of the group’s complete from 2014. Competitors continues Sunday.

Ledecky shines

In the meantime, Katie Ledecky claimed her second gold of the Championships in the ladies’s 400 metres freestyle on Saturday, whereas Rikako Ikee cemented her place because the rising star of Japanese swimming.

American Ledecky dominated the 400 metres to win in a time of three:58:50, the sixth quickest swim in historical past, and supply the proper response to her disappointing bronze in the 200 metres.

The five-times Olympic gold medallist was by no means threatened by 17-year-old Australian Ariarne Titmuss, who went below 4 minutes for the primary time to say silver. American Leah Grace was third in a repeat of the rostrum from Thursday’s 800 metres.

“It’s thrilling for me to see that [Titmuss going under four minutes],” stated Ledecky, who received 5 golds on the 2014 Pan Pacs aged simply 17.

 “I used to be the one one to go below 4 minutes in a textile go well with for a couple of years now and so it’s thrilling for me to see how I put the usual on the market and there are quite a lot of women chasing that.”

In 18-year-old Ikee, Japan might have discovered their swimming talisman for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following her domination of the ladies’s 100 metres butterfly.

Ikee rising

After claiming two silver medals on the primary two days of competitors, Ikee went one step additional as she broke the championship record she set in the morning’s heats to win gold in 56:08 seconds.

American Kelsi Dahlia and Australia’s Emma McKeon took silver and bronze, however the race was all about Ikee as {the teenager} thrilled an expectant residence crowd with a surprising efficiency that threatened Sarah Sjoestoem’s world record of 55:48 seconds.

“My pace is bettering as a result of I’m gaining extra power and energy,” stated Ikee, who added that she was aiming to go below 56 seconds quickly.

“It was so vital to win this international competitors. I at all times wish to enhance my private finest however this time it was particular as a result of I received a gold.”



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