Defending Champion Sydney Pickrem a Medical Scratch in 400 IM Prelims at SECs

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 15

February 21st, 2019 College, News, SEC


The defending SEC Champion in the 400 IM, Texas A&M senior Sydney Pickrem, left an empty lane in Thursday’s prelims of the event. While she didn’t scratch pre-meet, and was named as the top seed on the prelims heat sheets, she wound up not swimming the race.

In her absence, South Carolina senior Emma Barksdale took the top seed in 4:03.96, a new South Carolina School Record; followed by Florida freshman Vaness Pearl (4:05.23) and Florida senior Hannah Burns (4:06.25). The Aggies still put a swimmer in the A-final: Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo qualified 5th in 4:07.22.

Update #2: Texas A&M has updated their information, and Pickrem has received a ‘medical scratch’ from the 400 IM. That means, that in theory, she still has 2 individual events to swim, though it would be on a very tough 200 back/200 breast double.

Pickrem has two individual entries left, in the 200 back (as the #4 seed) and 200 breaststroke (1st seed). Both of those races are on Saturday.

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Sounds like she was sleeping…too bad for Aggies GREAT for She-VOLS!!!


Um ok. I would be worried if she got hurt or something it’s a meet who cares who wins I’m just worried about her

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Read my comment to “Bula” below. It pertains to you as well!!

Texas A&M Swim Fan

As noted in update in article above: A “medical scratch”! I hope you are not indicative of the Tennessee fan base. I would never “gloat” over another swimmer’s misfortune like you have. There is no shame for the shameless but there is a lot of honor for Sydney Pickrem & the A&M women’s swim team and swimming staff in Aggieland no matter how this meet turns out! Gig em forever!!!


As a UT swimming fan, that comment is not indicative of the majority of the fan base. I hope she is alright. That was a fantastic race between her and Small.

Pickrem is a wonderful swimmer to watch.


She was a no show for the 200 IM Medal ceremony last night as well.
I saw her on the livestream running out of the pool area being chased by her coach and teammates after the 200 IM. She seemed very upset but she did do a massive best time…

Hoping for the Best

Any insight into what it may have been? I guess after all, these are young people still growing up! Was this a peaceful protest at the 400 IM? Not sure which is more painful, giving up your team’s 25+ points or doing the actual race.


then who was on the medal stand? because I watched a livestream and im pretty sure she was up there….


Not really a team player move…

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Not knowing anything about what is/was occurring, your comment is atrocious to say the least!! You should be ashamed of it but I’ll bet not!! She’s been a team player throughout her stay at A&M! I’m willing to bet that it was more than just disappointment.


BULA should be “ashamed”, I agree!!!!!!

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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