Taylor Ruck Makes 3 of Top 4 Seeds in 200 Free Scratches at World Championships

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The field in the women’s 200 free is shrinking by the minute: Canada’s Taylor Ruck is the latest to drop out of the field before Tuesday morning’s prelims session in Gwangju.

This means that 3 of the top 4 seeds have now withdrawn from the race, after American Katie Ledecky and Australian Emma McKeon also both withdrew, citing illness. Ruck, however, is not claiming illness, but coaches instead want to “protect her performances for the rest of the world championships.”

“It’s her first world championships and she was looking at swimming a very busy program consisting of four individual events which would have heats, semifinals and finals, and potentially four or five relays,” National Coach John Atkinson says. “We have made this decision in consultation with Taylor and her coach Ben Titley at the High Performance Centre – Ontario to protect her performances for the rest of the world championships. Dropping the 200-m freestyle swims from her program will allow her to focus on her remaining events. The world championships this year is the prelude to Olympic Games preparation next year and this is all part of keeping the long-term best interests of the athlete at the centre of the decision.”

Ruck and Ledecky are usual training-mates at Stanford, but has been training for the last month in Toronto under Titley in the run-up to the World Championships (since Mare Nostrum).

Ruck, who was raised in America and competes at American college Stanford, but holds dual Canadian citizenship and has spent time training in Toronto as well, won the 200 free at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Pan Pac Championships.

That leaves Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, already with a 400 free gold under her belt, as the top seed, followed by France’s Charlotte Bonnet, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, and Italy’s Federica Pellegrini. Both Sjostrom and Pellegrini have waxed and waned on their commitment to the event, but now have a huge opportunity for medals – for Pellegrini, that would make a medal at an astonishing 8 consecutive World Championships.

Ruck is currently at the training pool with her Canadian teammates that are not racing on Tuesday morning.

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Wanna Sprite?
2 years ago

Are you serious!!!!

coacherik
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
2 years ago

As serious as a smashed vial of blood!

Joel Lin
Reply to  coacherik
2 years ago

That escalated quickly.

Swimfan
Reply to  coacherik
2 years ago

What a reckless comment, CoachErik …This is a team strategy. Team Canada is working together to secure as many relay positions as they can for Tokyo next summer. The ultimate in team spirit and a sacrifice of a shot at individual gold for the greater good of her team- I would say it’s good sportsmanship.

coacherik
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

[joke]
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[Your head]

Verram
2 years ago

I’m confused .. especially about Emma mckeons illness .. is she saving herself for the 100m freestyle or has she withdrawn from the rest of the meet? Must be serious as there is no race conflict tonight

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

So f’ing bizarre.

coacherik
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Every time I look around..

Bula
2 years ago

I just want to know what’s actually going on

coacherik
Reply to  Bula
2 years ago

And I said, heyyyyy-eyyyyy-eeyyy…..

USA
2 years ago

There goes all of my pick ems

Fish
2 years ago

Seems crazy. Unless she manages to somehow medal in the 100 Back, seems like a terrible choice between the two events. Canada has other girls that could have finaled, its not like they woke up this morning and noticed she could have two swims tonight in finals.

HOYA13
Reply to  Fish
2 years ago

Yeah screwing a teammate out of a shot at an individual event at the last min is kinda messed up…it’s not like she hasn’t known exactly what her schedule would be for several months now

Swimming onlooker
Reply to  Fish
2 years ago

Too much attention and focus given to a handful of athletes. Doesn’t help give others an opportunity or exposure to these big meets. They knew this schedule was difficult months ago.

William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Oddest thing is…. i would consider the 200 free one of her best events, so i dunno why she is “saving herself” for her other events. Thats like Titmus dropping 200 free to save herself for 800 free…

Fish
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Agree. 200 back, 200 free and relays you would think would be the essentials. 100 free and 100 back would be the optional races.

straya555
2 years ago

I am disappointed considering this was meant to be the most exciting race

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