Taylor Ruck Breaks Canadian, Commonwealth Records In 200 Free

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Canadian Taylor Ruck went head-to-head with Australians Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon in the women’s 200 freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games, emerging with the gold medal in a time of 1:54.81. That swim breaks McKeon’s Games Record of 1:55.57 set four years ago in Glasgow, her Commonwealth Record of 1:54.83 from 2016, and also breaks Ruck’s own Canadian Record of 1:56.85 set earlier this year at the Atlanta Pro Swim by two full seconds.

Ruck and McKeon were out fast, leading the field by a wide margin at the halfway mark, but Titmus began to make up some ground on the third 50. Titmus made a huge charge on the last 50, closing in 28.8, but Ruck managed to hold her off and win the race by just .04, with Titmus touching for silver in 1:54.85.

Check out a split comparison of Ruck’s new and previous Canadian Record swims below, set just over a month apart. Looking at the splits, the main difference came on the back half:

Ruck – 2018 Atlanta Pro Swim Ruck – 2018 Commonwealth Games
26.88 26.68
29.62 (56.50) 29.36 (56.04)
30.25 (1:26.75) 29.63 (1:25.67)
30.10 (1:56.85) 29.14 (1:54.81)
1:56.85 1:54.81

In the all-time rankings, Ruck ties Missy Franklin for 7th all-time with her 1:54.81, while Titmus slips into 10th, coming just .02 off of McKeon’s National Record.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE

Fastest Performers Ever
1 Federica Pellegrini 1:52.98
2 Allison Schmitt 1:53.61
3 Katie Ledecky 1:53.73
4 Sarah Sjostrom 1:54.08
5 Camille Muffat 1:54.66
6 Femke Heemskerk 1:54.68
7 Missy Franklin 1:54.81
7 Taylor Ruck 1:54.81
9 Emma McKeon 1:54.83
10 Ariarne Titmus 1:54.85

This is a great start to the meet for Ruck, who will also be a medal threat in the 100 free, 100 back and 200 back, not to mention a key cog on the Canadian relays. She’ll swim the 400 free relay to close out this session a bit later on.

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bobo gigi

I always repeat for years that she’s a Missy-like swimmer (Canada, tall girl, free/back). And today she tied . . . Missy’s 200 free best time. 😆
Missy’s 200 back world record is in trouble. And her 100 free will be special too.

Yozhik

Today’s 200free race of Taylor Ruck has no similarity with what Missy Franklin swam in Barcelona. Just the same time. They are swimmers of different styles in freestyle and in backstroke as well.

bobo gigi

If someone can break Missy’s 200 free SCY insane record that will be Taylor Ruck at Stanford in the years to come.
Both names are definitely inseparable. 🙂

Coach

It will be interesting to see if Canada will “encourage” Taylor to stay in Canada until after 2020.

bobo gigi

And a great answer from Titmus. It bodes well for her 400 free. Will she be the next girl under 4 minutes? Before Li Bingjie?

Caleb

maybe tonight

Yozhik

Is it tonight? I thought W400free is on the last day of competition. Ariarna has 800 relay and 800 individual before that. It may affect her performance at 400.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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