Finlay Knox, Sydney Pickrem Break Canadian Records in Back-to-Back Races


  • Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Centre – London, England
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
  • Start Lists
  • Day 1 Complete Results (with Corrected MVP Standings)
  • Day 2 Complete Results

Canadian Records went down in back-to-back races on Sunday at the International Swimming League’s European Derby meet in London. First, in the men’s 200 IM, Finlay Knox broke the Canadian men’s record, and in the very next race, Sydney Pickrem both both the Canadian and Commonwealth records in the women’s 200 IM.

The 18-year old Knox was not one of the names that jumped out for the London Roar when their roster was announced. But he has become a solid mid-class performer for the team, and has had his real breakout this season in short course. Along with swimmers like Markus Thormeyer and Cole Pratt, he is forming the nucleus of a young Canadian men’s group that is starting to catch-up to the women’s breakout from the 2016 Olympics.

Knox’s Sunday time of 1:55.10 breaks the old record of 1:55.19 set by Brian Johns at the 2009 Canadian Spring Nationals. Johns still holds both the SCM and LCM records in the 400 IM.

Knox’s previous best time of 1:55.30 was done at the Budapest stop of this series, while his best pre-ISL was just 1:59.55. His long course best time is 1:59.44 from this summer’s World Junior Championships.

Comparative Splits:

Fly Back Breast Free Total Time
Brian Johns Old Canadian Record 25.12 28.83 33.65 27.59 1:55.19
Finlay Knox New Canadian Record 25.52 29.44 32.94 27.2 1:55.10

Just a few minutes later in the fast-paced ISL format, Sydney Pickrem, his national countrymate and London Roar teammate, stepped up and broke the Canadian and Commonwealth Records in the 200 IM.

She touched in 2:04.34, behind only the World Record holder Katinka Hosszu (2:04.16). That breaks the old record of 2:04.64 that was set by Kayla Sanchez at last year’s Swim England Winter Championships in Sheffield. Sanchez is at this meet and swimming very well, including a win in the 200 free on Saturday, but missed her best time in this 200 IM – finishing 3rd in 2:05.32.

Comparative Splits:

Fly Back Breast Free Total Time
Sydney Pickrem New Canadian/Commonwealth Record 27.99 31.65 35.43 29.27 2:04.34
Kayla Sanchez Old Canadian/Commonwealth Record 27.58 32.42 35.02 29.62 2:04.64

Pickrem now ranks as the 8th-fastest performer in the history of the event.

Top 8 Performers All-Time, Women’s 200 IM:

  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary – 2:01.86
  2. Mayu Terayama, Japan – 2:02.93
  3. Hiroka Yasuda, Japan – 2:03.000
  4. Nana Ishizaka, Japan – 2:03.35
  5. Rika Masuyama, Japan – 2:03.36
  6. Ami Nakada, Japan – 2:03.42
  7. Melanie Margalis, United States – 2:04.18
  8. Sydney Pickrem, Canada – 2:04.34
  9. (TIE) Evelyn Verraszto, Hungary/Ye Shiwen, China/Kayla Sanchez, Canada – 2:04.64



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1 year ago

You’re joking, right? “Johns is the best overall IMer in Canadian history, and still holds both the SCM and LCM records in the 400 IM.” At best he’s the third best overall IMer in Canadian history behind Alex Bauman and Curtis Myden. Don’t get me wrong, he was good, but he never achieved the success on the big stages of those two.

Reply to  MedleySkeptic
1 year ago

Always have to differentiate between “fastest” vs “best”. Relatively easy to do in swimming compared to other sports, records vs medals!

1 year ago

I don’t think the top 8 times for the women 200 IM are correct? Nobody has ever broken 2:04 except for Hosszu, and she went all the way down to 2:01 .

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Reply to  Wow
1 year ago

Shhh yozhik will hear you

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