Disclaimer: Blueseventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The blueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
If you told Olympic-only swim fans (aka those who only realize the sport exists when it’s on mainstream NBC) that a 17-year-old from Canada was stealing the show in the early goings of 2018, they’d expect Olympic co-champ Penny Oleksiak. But it’s Taylor Ruck who is dominating the Commonwealth Games, most notably with her Commonwealth record 200 free.
Ruck went 1:54.81 to win the 200 free at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, shattering the Canadian national record, the meet record and the overall Commonwealth record in one fell swoop. Ruck now ranks #7 all-time in the event, moving up to tie 2012 Olympic champ Missy Franklin.
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Adding a silver in the 50 free, bronze in the 100 free, silver in 200 back, bronze in 100 back plus three relay silvers, Ruck has won a whopping 8 medals on the Gold Coast this week – the most by a Canadian swimmer at Commonwealths since 1966.
At just 17, Ruck is well on her way to becoming one of Canada’s most-decorated athletes in history. She’s already the nation’s all-time leading medalist at the World Junior Championships, having won 9 golds and 13 total medals between 2015 and 2017. Meanwhile she also has four short course World Championships medals to go with two Olympic bronzes.
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