Japanese native Rikako Ikee was born on July 4, 2000
Ikee burst onto the scene at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in Singapore. She raced to gold in both the 50m and 100m butterflies, a silver in the 50m freestyle, and 4th place in the 100m freestyle. In both the 50m and 100m butterflies, Ikee set new Championship records.
At the 2015 World Cup in Tokyo, Ikee cranked out a new Japanese National Record in the 100 butterfly, winning the race at the 2015 World Cup in Tokyo in a time of 57.56. That not only crushed her mark of 58.28 that won her the 2015 World Junior Championship title, but it also wiped out the old Japanese National Record of 57.77 set by Yuka Kato in 2012.
She then swam a 26.17 in the 50m butterfly, surpassing the old mark of 26.26. This time still ranks among the fastest in the world this season for a teenager.
Ikee swam a blazing 53.99 in the 100m freestyle to become the first Japanese female to break the 54.00 barrier. She then recorded a new World Junior Record in the 50m freestyle, blasting a 24.74. As a 15 year old, Ikee now ranks as the 10th fastest in the world.
2017 World Championships
Ikee finished sixth in the 100m butterfly posting a personal best time of 57.08.
In the 4x100m freestyle relay, Ikee led off with a 54.59 followed by Tomomi Aoki, Yui Yamane and Chihiro Igarashi, to finish sixth.
In the 4x200m freestyle relay, Ikee, along with teammates Chihiro Igarashi, Tomomi Aoki, and Aya Takano finished fifth overall with Ikee splitting a 1:57.38.
In the 4x100m mixed freestyle relay, Ikee with teammates Katsuhiro Matsumoto, Katsumi Makamura and Chihiro Igarashi finished fourth missing a medal b y just over one second. Ikee split a 53.50 swimming the third leg.