The Early Years
Sydney Pickrem was born and raised in Florida but has dual citizenship with Canada. She was born on May 21, 1997 to Darren Pickrem, a former hockey player, and Elizabeth Pickrem.
College – Texas A&M
At the 2015-2016 NCAA Championships, Pickrem placed fourth in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 IM. She also helped the Aggies’ fourth place 4X200 Free Relay.
At the 2016-2017 NCAA Championships, Pickrem placed fourth in the 200 IM missing the podium by less than a second. In the 400 IM, Pickrem finished second behind Ella Eastin. Pickrem also picked up another fourth place finish in the 200 Breaststroke, just .03 seconds behind third place finisher, Emily Escobedo of UMBC.
2015 Canadian Trials
Pickrem won both the 200M and 400M IM, and reached the Podium in both at the Pan Am Games, earning a silver medal in the 400M IM and a bronze in the 200M IM.
2016 Rio Olympics
Pickrem represented Canada at the Olympics, placing sixth in the 200M Individual Medley and 12th in the 400M Individual Medley.
2017 FINA World Championships
In the final of the 400m IM, Pickrem won bronze in 4:32.88. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the gold in 4:29.33. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte picked up the silver in 4:32.17.
2018 Pan Pacific Championships
After scratching the 400 IM, Pickrem came out blazing in the 200 IM, ultimately touching at 2nd in a new personal best of 2:09.07.