Taylor Ruck Breaks 3 Canadian Age Group Records at NYAC Cup

2017 NYAC Cup

A portion of the Toronto-based contingent of Canada’s women’s swimming surge kicked off their 2017-2018 season this weekend in short course meters at the beautiful Toronto Pan Am Centre with racing at the North York Aquatic Club-hosted NYAC Cup this weekend.

World Junior Championship medalists Taylor RuckKayla Sanchez, and Rebecca Smith all participated in the meet. Ruck, who has spent most of her life living and training in the United States, moved to Toronto over the summer to train for a year before heading to Stanford, and she showed off top-notch early-season results with 3 Canadian 15-17 National Age Group Records.

Ruck Results:

  • 100 back (57.26) – NAG Record (previous – Danielle Hanus, 57.63, 2015)
  • 200 back (2:03.79) – NAG Record (previous – Meryn McCann, 2:05.88, 2015)
  • 50 free (24.48) – NAG Record (previous – Chantal Van Landeghem, 24.56, 2012)
  • 100 free (52.60) – personal best
  • 200 IM (2:09.67) – personal best

That time in the 200 back is the 3rd-fastest by a Canadian of any age. Note that having spent so much of her career in the U.S., Ruck hasn’t swum short course meters as much as many of her Canadian peers.

“I haven’t raced since the World Juniors so I had very little expectations coming into the event. I just wanted to get racing again, go as hard as I could and have some fun,” said the 17-year-old Ruck, who also has two Olympic medals to her credit. “The results definitely provided good insight as to where I am right now. I want to keep working hard, and continue to get even better.

“Being in this new environment has been a really good choice for my swimming,” said Ruck who balances her training while completing her senior year at West Hill Collegiate Institute. “It is quite different than what I’m used to, but it has really helped bring a lot of focus to my training which is paying off,” said Ruck.

Ruck’s World Juniors teammates Sanchez and Smith also combined for 9 personal best times, albeit no new national records.

Kayla Sanchez Results:

  • 50 free (24.63) – personal best
  • 100 free (53.17) – personal best
  • 100 back (58.12) – personal best
  • 200 breast (2:27.10) – personal best
  • 200 IM (2:09.93) – personal best

Rebecca Smith Results:

  • 50 free (24.98)
  • 100 free (53.21) – personal best
  • 50 fly (26.14) – personal best
  • 100 back (59.75) – personal best
  • 200 IM (2:10.23) – personal best


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Wow, really great times for all 3 ladies. They will only get better when they get to their choice ms of colleges.

Tom from Chicago

In my mind, I consider Ruck an American. She came here when she was like 3 months old if I remember correctly. I just can’t find any excuse to make Oleksiak an American. The Canadians ladies were great at Worlds, I look forward to seeing what they can do in the future.


Does she have American citizenship? I am not sure.


T-Ruck was born in Canada and, to my understanding, only has Canadian citizenship. Don’t hold it against her that her family moved to the States.


I think that the results of Taylor Ruck in her new “training environment” will be a top Swimming Story of the season.


Probably but will it be sustainable through 2020? Meehan will ruin her just like Ledecky?

those back times convert to a 51.5/1:51.5 I hope she actually took a break from training after Jr Worlds cause its a long three years to go to Tokyo

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