Olympic Finalist Taylor Ruck Not Racing 200 Back At World Championships


Canadian swimmer Taylor Ruck has scratched the prelims of the women’s 200 back. She was an Olympic finalist in the event last year, finishing sixth in a time of 2:08.24 that was used as her entry time—the seventh-fastest in the field.

Ruck previously swam in the 100 back and 200 free individually. She’s been doing much better in the freestyle events at this meet, as she finished 17th in the prelims of the 100 back (1:01.14) but 7th in the finals of the 200 free (1:57.24). In addition, she also was on Canada’s finals team for both the silver-winning 4×100 free relay and the bronze-winning 4×200 free relay, recording splits of 52.92 and 1:56.75 in each race respectively.

At the 2022 Canadian Swimming Trials, Ruck finished second to her teammate Kylie Masse in the 200 back, clocking a time of 2:09.63 that is currently ranked 18th in the world. She holds a best time of 2:06.36, which was set at the Atlanta TYR Pro Swim Series in April 2018.

Since Ruck will not be competing for Team Canada in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, her withdrawal from the 200 back means we won’t get to see her race the event at a major international meet this year. This could signify that she is shifting her focus more towards the freestyle events such as the 100 and 200 free in future competitions.

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Swim fan
11 days ago

Love watching Taylor swim – such a beautiful young lady in and out of the pool.

T.ruck Fan 🚛
11 days ago

Hopefully Stanford’s most loved swimmer will be back at her best very soon.

11 days ago

Not a surprise. As soon as they had her swimming the prelim of the 4×2 relay i was fairly certain she would not be swimming the 200bk. They added the ind 200 fr to her program after it was decided Summer wouldn’t swim it. Taylor swam a very slow ( for ger) 100 bk and didn’t make semies. She is still rebuilding her strength / endurance. We’ve definitely seen her back some positive progress.

11 days ago

Love Taylor!! Applaud her for sharing her eating disorder story…an inspiration to many. Hope to see her racing again soon.

Reply to  Sooxin67
11 days ago

If Taylor is done with 200 back,Canada has young Regan Rathwell (the 200 back winner at Mare Nostrum),as well as MS Harvey who both already have the A cut.Ingrid Wilm is also very close.Good to see Taylor clawing her way back.Go Canada go.

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Yanyan is from Madison, New Jersey and spent the majority of her life there. Although she wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a …

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