Taylor Ruck was born on May 28th, 2000 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Her family moved to Scottsdale when she was just ten months old. Currently a sophomore in high school, at 6’, Taylor comes from a tall, athletic family. Her 14 year old brother is already 6’6” tall, and her father is 6’9”. Taylor’s Dad, Colin, played professional hockey in Canada. While the family lives in Arizona, Taylor is still a Canadian citizen and swims internationally for Canada.
Taylor swims for the Scottsdale Aquatic Club and trains under head coach Kevin Zacher.
High School Swimming
Just like her club and high school teammate Ryan Hoffer (boys swimmer of the year), Taylor was named Girls swimmer of the year by Arizona Central News. The distance swimmer made a huge splash in her first year in high school, setting a state record twice in the 200-yard freestyle and setting a Mesa Skyline Aquatics Center venue record in the 500 freestyle. She won the 200 free in 1 minute, 46.76 seconds, breaking the old record of 1:47.06. She captured the 500 free in 4:52.11, more than three seconds faster than the runner-up.
At the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Taylor swam very impressive times in the 100m (1:01.25) and 200m backstrokes (2:10.22).
In 2015 at the Fina World Junior Championships, Taylor anchored Canada’s 4x200m free with a swift 1:56.71, moving Canada from fourth to winning the silver medal. She started the meet winning the bronze in the 100m backstroke, and then won gold in the 100m freestyle. Additionally she anchored Canada’s 4x100m freestyle relay to a gold and world junior record. In the 100-m freestyle, Ruck lowered her meet, personal best and 15-17 national age group record to 53.92 seconds for the victory. It is the third-fastest recorded time ever by a Canadian woman and the third-fastest ever in the world by a 15-year-old, and 16th in the World overall.
Canadian Olympic Trials
Taylor was chosen to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She finished second in the 400m Free, but failed to make the Olympic Qualifying time. She finished fifth in the 200 M free, with a 1:58.67, under the Olympic Qualifying time of 1:58.96. She won the consolation final of the 100m Free. Based on her 200m Free, Taylor was chosen to the Canadian National Team.
2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
Ruck finished in third place, with a time of 1:52.50, smashing the Canadian Record by almost 2 seconds (1:54.73). Ruck also set a new Junior World Record with this swim.
2017 FINA World Junior Championships
Ruck started the meet in a big way in Indianapolis, breaking 2 world Jr records in the first finals session. First was the semis of the 100m backstroke, where she claimed the top seed with a 59.28, shaving .06 off the former WJR. She than teamed up with teammates Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak, and Rebecca Smith to shatter the former 4x200m free relay WJR by over 5 seconds, knocking it down to 7:51.47.
2018 Commonwealth Games
Taylor Ruck led off her Comm Games campaign in a big way, shocking the field on Day 1 with a victory in the 200 free and a huge best time of 1:54.81, also a new Canadian record. Ruck also went on to help her team secure a silver medal in the 400 free relay, splitting a 51.82 anchor leg. On Day 3, Ruck 1-upped herself, earning 3 medals for the day. First she placed 2nd in the 50 free with a 24.26, again breaking a Canadian record. Later in the session, she was back in the pool in the 100 back, racing to bronze with a personal best of 58.97. To cap off the day, she once again anchored team Canada to a silver medal, splitting 1:55.14 on the end of the 800 free relay. On the last 3 days of the meet, Ruck won 1 medal per day, including silver in the 200 back (2:06.42) on Day 4, bronze in the 100 free (53.08) on Day 5, and on Day 6 she anchored the 400 medley relay in 52.54 to give Canada their third silver of the meet. Ruck finished the meet with 8 medals in total, tying the all-time Commonwealth record.