Sydney Pickrem Exits Pool After Fly Leg In Women’s 200 IM Final

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem was a prime medal contender heading into the women’s 200 IM final on day 2 in Budapest. Fresh off a Canadian National Record in the semi-finals, Pickrem was seeded 3rd behind two-time defending champion Katinka Hosszu and American Melanie Margalis.

Hosszu was almost a certainty to win on her home soil, but the minor medals were largely up for grabs.

On the fly leg Pickrem was clearly in 8th position, but that wasn’t a surprise as she’s much stronger on the other three strokes. She was the slowest of the eight finalists in the semis on the fly leg as well.

However, after finishing 50 metres, Pickrem stopped swimming. She hit the wall, and proceeded to get out of the pool. Watch a video via Radio-Canada Sports on Twitter:

Hosszu went onto win gold in 2:07.00, much to the delight of the home crowd. Japan’s Yui Ohashi won silver from lane 8, registering a new national record in 2:07.91. American Madisyn Cox won bronze.

Swimming Canada has tweeted out saying Pickrem is fine and working with Team Canada staff & coaches.

We have reached out to Swimming Canada and Texas A&M for an official word on the incident, but have not heard back.

Update: According to Anson Henry on Twitter, Pickrem ‘caught water’ at the turn (aka swallowed water), which made her unable to continue.

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urahrah
3 years ago

First off, hope Pickrem is okay… Also, is there any video footage of this race that is not geoblocked in the US?

Admin
Reply to  urahrah
3 years ago

urahrah – there are dozens of rights holders across the country. We’ll have videos up shortly that is viewable in Canada, if that’s what you’re looking for.

ClubCoach
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I think he wants something viewable in the US. The link given in the story comes up with “The media could not be played.” for me

Ab Ramirez
Reply to  urahrah
3 years ago
phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Ab Ramirez
3 years ago

This is also a great link to other videos from the meet. Thanks!

Ian
3 years ago

According to this tweet Pickrem caught water at the 50m turn – tough break:

@ansonhenry: For those wondering about @sydneypickrem, she caught some water on the turn at 50m could not continue. She is fine tho. #FINABudapest2017

Pombear
3 years ago

The British commentators didn’t even notice, they were questioning why she was a no show to the final ?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pombear
3 years ago

That’s what Rowdy said first, too, but the play-by-play guy caught it.

marklewis
3 years ago

She gagged on water and lost a chance at a WC medal.

She would have been a hero in Canada. It’s such a big deal when they get a medalist.

Olivier Poirier-Leroy
Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

It’s a big deal when our under junior hockey team doesn’t win Worlds. For just about every other sport we are a little more level headed.

marklewis
Reply to  Olivier Poirier-Leroy
3 years ago

The Canadian women’s hockey team are the most ferocious competitors ever. Marie-Philip Poulin – Canadian hero.

1998
Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

American spotted.

Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
3 years ago

Katinka Hosszú scares Canadians right out of the water.

S L
Reply to  Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
3 years ago

Masse scares Hosszu right after the heats 😉

JP input is too short
Reply to  S L
3 years ago

Zing!

Damn
Reply to  S L
3 years ago

DAMN YOU TREATED HER/HIM

1998
Reply to  Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
3 years ago

American spotted again.

mettle
3 years ago

there are no “minor medals” in the World Championships or Olympics.

JP input is too short
Reply to  mettle
3 years ago

It’s all relative… compared to the gold, the silver and bronze are minor.

korn
Reply to  JP input is too short
3 years ago

did you see the expression on the face of the Japanese girl who got silver? she did not think it was minor, nor do I.

JP input too short
Reply to  korn
3 years ago

“Minor” doesn’t mean “bad.”

sven
Reply to  korn
3 years ago

It’s less than gold, so it’s minor. No one is saying it’s not a huge accomplishment, it just isn’t gold. It’s gonna be okay.

Jenkins
3 years ago

Has this ever been done before? someone giving up in a final at a meet of this caliber? You wouldve thought something more serious happened like she dislocated something going off the block, but to stop in the middle of a world championship FINAL after a 50 is pretty disappointing

target
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

ya know, the thing I find easiest about swimming is when there’s water in my lungs..

Amanda
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

Having “caught water” before, I don’t think I could have continued either. It’s quite unpleasant! Sucks that it happened at such a huge moment in her career.

dmswim
Reply to  Amanda
3 years ago

I had it happen to me in a race once and I stopped in the middle of the pool because I couldn’t breathe. If it hasn’t happened to you before, it can really catch you off guard.

SWIMFAN
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

It seemed like she had stopped swimming before attempting the turn. How could she have choked on water on the turn if she never turned?

target
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

ya know, the thing I find easiest about swimming is when there’s water in my lungs..

NJo
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

Hold off on the judgement until full story comes out. No one aims to get to this level in order to ‘give up’ so visibly…

Swim DAD
Reply to  NJo
3 years ago

NJO, I couldn’t agree more! Funny how some people actually think a swimmer at this level and at this meet would exit the race because something minor happened. I just hope she did “catch water”, (which would stop you from finishing if the water went right down the trachea) instead of some kind of injury.

crooked donald
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

Disappointing for her. Sorry she ruined everyone’s day. Sheez.

northern light
Reply to  Jenkins
3 years ago

1960 Rome. Carolyn Wood caught water in 100 fly final. Teied to continue. stopped, choked. Unable to finish. Happens, even to Americans.

marklewis
Reply to  northern light
3 years ago

True story. Carolyn Wood, like Sydney, likely would have gotten a medal. Both caught water on the butterfly.

Steve Nolan
3 years ago

She’s really soory aboot that.

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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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