Masse, Ruck Among Six To Qualify For Worlds On Day 1 In Toronto


Through one day of the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials six swimmers have qualified for the World Championship team.

On the women’s side, Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck qualified in the 100 back, Sydney Pickrem and Kelsey Wog made it in the 200 breast, and Mackenzie Padington booked her ticket in the 1500 free.

Markus Thormeyer was the lone man to earn a spot, doing so in the 100 back where he broke a 10-year-old National Record in a time of 53.35.

Masse and Ruck both put up historically significant times in the 100 back, as Masse’s swim (58.16) was the fourth fastest performance in history and Ruck’s made her the eighth fastest performer in history (58.55). Those two now rank first and second in the world for the season.

In the 200 breast, there was some controversy as Kierra Smith touched first in 2:21.75, the top time in the world, but it was announced she was disqualified. The DQ was appealed and ended up going to a jury, but it was ultimately upheld. That bumped Pickrem (2:22.63) up to first and Wog (2:22.82) into second and confirmed her spot on the team. Those two now sit 1-2 in the world rankings for 2018-19.


Count Women Event Men Event
1 Kylie Masse 100 back Markus Thormeyer 100 back
2 Taylor Ruck 100 back
3 Sydney Pickrem 200 breast
4 Kelsey Wog 200 breast
5 Mackenzie Padington 1500 free

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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