SwimSwam Podcast: Sydney Pickrem on Adapting Through Adversity

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Sydney Pickrem, one of the most decorated swimmers in Canadian history. She gives a candid recollection of her career, starting in Florida where she was a product of Randy Reese, renowned coach in his own right as well as brother to Texas Men’s head coach, Eddie.

She evolved to the international stage and in 2017, won her first LC world championship medal in the 400 IM. That came, however, after Pickrem exited the pool after the fly leg of the 200 IM, where she choked on water. Pickrem talks us through that worlds and more, the ups and down of her career, and how she’s grown from each one of them.

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Such an inspiring swimmer. Worth the 1+ hour listen!


We need a Randy Reese podcast.


Truly enjoyed the insight into a swimmer’s life

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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