Taylor Ruck Lowers Commonwealth, Pan Pac Records To Win Women’s 200 FR


In the first major upset of the Pan Pacific Championships, Canadian Taylor Ruck pulled off a gold medal-winning swim in the women’s 200 freestyle to lower both the Commonwealth Pan Pacific Championship Records.

Ruck went head-to-head with American Katie Ledecky, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and the only swimmer in the world faster than her this year, and came out on top in a time of 1:54.44. That lowers her own Commonwealth and Canadian Record of 1:54.81, set at the Comm Games in April where she also won gold, and also removes Ledecky’s Championship Record of 1:55.16 set in the prelims. Ruck also now overtakes Ledecky’s 1:54.52 from the Santa Clara Pro Swim for the fastest time in the world this year.

Ledecky ended up with the bronze in 1:55.15, as Japan’s Rikako Ikee edged past her on the final 50 for silver to lower her Asian Record in 1:54.85.

Comparing Ruck’s old and new Commonwealth Records, the difference tonight really came in the middle 100, where she split 58.31 compared to 58.99 at the Commonwealth Games. She was slightly faster on the opening and closing 50 on the Gold Coast.

Taylor Ruck Commonwealth Record Split Comparison

Ruck, 2018 Commonwealth Games Ruck, 2018 Pan Pacs
26.68 26.82
56.04 (29.36) 55.73 (28.91)
1:25.67 (29.63) 1:25.13 (29.40)
1:54.81 (29.14) 1:54.44 (29.31)
1:54.81 1:54.44

Additionally, Ruck moves up to 5th all-time in this event, while Ikee is now in a tie for 10th.

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 Taylor Ruck 1:54.44
6 Camille Muffat 1:54.66
7 Femke Heemskerk 1:54.68
8 Missy Franklin 1:54.81
9 Emma McKeon 1:54.83
10 Ariarne Titmus 1:54.85
10 Rikako Ikee 1:54.85

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I did not see this coming at all.katie at 3rd damn lol


Also a new Commonwealth record.

Bonnet 1.54.95 (2018) and Isakovic 1.54.97 (2008) are the other two women to go sub 1.55 on the all-time list.


Yes!! U should mention it as it is probably the most significant record broken – her Commonwealth record. It breaks her 1:54.81 from Commonwealths!! Emma Mckeon previously held it with her Olympic bronze medal performance of 1:54.83 from Rio


Anyone have a link of the race to rewatch?


About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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