Sydney Pickrem Moves To #3 All-Time With Canadian Record In 200 IM


London Roar captain Sydney Pickrem became the third-fastest swimmer in the history of the women’s 200 individual medley (SCM) during Day 1 of the ISL Grand Final, winning the event by over two seconds in a time of 2:04.00.

The swim earns Pickrem a new Canadian and Commonwealth Record, lowering her previous mark of 2:04.34 set almost a year ago to the day during the ISL’s European Derby last season.

The 23-year-old had narrowly missed lowering the record a week ago during the semi-finals, where she clocked 2:04.40.

Split Comparison

Pickrem, 2019 Pickrem, 2020
27.99 27.54
31.65 (59.64) 31.44 (58.98)
35.43 (1:35.07) 35.35 (1:34.33)
29.27 (2:04.34) 29.67 (2:04.00)

Pickrem’s swim marks the fourth major record to fall in the event inside the ISL bubble. Cali Condor Melanie Margalis reset the American Record in 2:04.06 back in Match 1, New York Breaker Abbie Wood lowered the British Record during Match 6 in 2:04.77, and then Tokyo Frog King Yui Ohashi set a new Asian Record in 2:03.93 during the semi-finals.

All-Time Performers, Women’s 200 IM (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:01.86 2014
2 Yui Ohashi (JPN) 2:03.93 2020
3 Sydney Pickrem (CAN) 2:04.00 2020
4 Melanie Margalis (USA) 2:04.06 2020
T-5 Evelyn Verraszto (HUN) 2:04.64 2009
T-5 Ye Shiwen (CHN) 2:04.64 2012
T-5 Kayla Sanchez (CAN) 2:04.64 2018

Both Ohashi and Wood’s clubs were eliminated in the semi-finals, along with world record holder Katinka Hosszu‘s Iron squad, while Margalis left Budapest late in the regular season.

This left a wide open field for Pickrem in the final, where she picked up an easy win by 2.3 seconds.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, this swim marked Pickrem’s third Canadian Record during the ISL season, having taken out the 400 IM mark twice, including a massive 4:23.68 in the semi-finals which took more than two seconds off the old record.

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Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Congratulations Sydney, great swim! You smoked the race.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Awesome swim! And 🇨🇦 #2 Harvey with a very strong 206…

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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