2017 CANADIAN FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: KYLIE MASSE
The Canadian women have received a lot of good press these last two years or so, but this time, it’s not about the teenagers.
2017 World Champion Kylie Masse is the Canadian female swimmer of the year, and for good reason. It was Masse, after all, who took down the supersuited 100 back world record this summer in Budapest. Not 2012 Olympic darling Missy Franklin, not Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu, not Aussie star Emily Seebohm. Gemma Spofforth’s 58.12 WR always seemed just within reach, and in August, Masse was the one to surpass it with a 58.10 in the final in Budapest.
Additionally, Masse set new Canadian records in both the 50 and 200 long course meter backstrokes in 2017.
Swimming for the University of Toronto, Masse was crowned champion in all three backstroke races at the 2017 U Sport Championships in February.
In no particular order
- SYDNEY PICKREM – Pickrem was a force in the 400 IM at the 2017 World Championships, landing on the podium with a bronze medal. Her time of 4:32.88 was just off of the Canadian record and just tenths back of silver medalist Mireia Belmonte. She also set a new Canadian record in the 200 IM semifinals in Budapest with a 2:09.17.
- TAYLOR RUCK – Though she wasn’t at the 2017 Budapest World Championships, Ruck won one individual gold, one individual silver, and five relay golds at the 2017 World Junior Championships. Four of those five relays set new World Junior records. Ruck also has impressed in the last month of 2017, tying the Canadian 200 free record in long course and breaking the Canadian 200 back record in short course.