Taylor Ruck Pops 2:07.3 200 Back To Open Canadian Junior Championships


The inaugural RBC Canadian Junior Championships kicked off today in Toronto, and two-time Olympic medalist Taylor Ruck delivered a big performance in her only event of the competition.

Competing in the Girls 15-17 200 back, Ruck had gone a best time in prelims at 2:08.75, but she wasn’t done there. In the final she dominated the field, coming in at 2:07.62 for the 6th fastest time in the world this year.

The swim made her the 3rd fastest Canadian in history, trailing only Olympic medalist Hilary Caldwell and 100m world record holder Kylie Masse, and moved her up from 59th to 26th all-time in the event. She also narrowly missed Daria Ustinova‘s Junior world record of 2:07.29. She broke Sinead Russell‘s 15-17 age group record of 2:08.89 in both prelims and finals.

Madison Broad (2:13.56) and Aela Janvier (2:13.71) won silver and bronze in the event, with Rosie Zavaros 4th in 2:14.91.

Asia Minnes won the 13-14 category in 2:18.50 over Emma O’Croinin (2:19.60).

Joshua Liendo unloaded a dominant 54.76 in the Boys 14-16 100 fly, winning by over two seconds and going faster than the 15-17 winner. Tai Long Singh won that category in 54.98.

Mabel Zavaros claimed the girls 15-17 100 fly title in 1:00.54, and Genevieve Sasseville (1:01.89) won for the 13-14 age group.

The other individual event contested was the boys 1500 free, where Ryley McRae (15:35.87) and Mathew Fuller (16:01.27) won the 14-16 and 15-17 categories respectively.

Closing the session was the mixed 400 free relay, where the University of Calgary Swim Club (3:39.13) edged out Markham Aquatic Club (3:39.76) for the win. Mehdi Ayoubi (50.32) of CAMO and Hanna Henderson (57.03) of Etobicoke had the top splits in the field. Stephen Calkins (51.35) and Ruslan Gaziev (51.76) also had impressive lead-offs for UCSC and MAC.

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Is Canada the best backstroke country right now? (Women’s only) Wr in the 100, 3 of the top 6 in the world this year for the 200.


Glad you clarified the women only part, our Canadian men’s backstroke situation is pretty thin haha.


Canada’s also got a lot of young, up and coming freestyle swimmers on the women’s side as well. Judging by Taylor Ruck’s performance tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Canada completely dominates the girl’s relays at the World Juniors this year.


Cheese Whiz is big in Canada.


She is a very unpredictable swimmer. Huge upside.


She was apparently sick during the Olympic trials, so she should be given a pass there. Her only real disappointing meet was the World Trials this year.


I doubt if she is even fully tapered for this meet, as I am assuming she is aiming to peak at Junior Worlds a month from now.

Will be interesting to see how she does in the freestyle events there — she is the defending champion in the 100 and 200 free (beating Oleksiak and Ikee in the 100)


Unfortunately she didn’t qualify individually for either. Rebecca Smith and Kayla Sanchez (each currently 16) both beat her in the 200m freestyle, and out of everyone in the 100m freestyle final at trials (including Penny Oleksiak and both of the other previously mentioned juniors), Taylor Ruck was the only one slower than the Fina A standard. She should be a force to be reckoned with in relays though. The medley relay in particular would probably put Taylor on backstroke, Penny on butterfly and one of the other two on freestyle. That’s as close as you can get to a surefire gold for the Canadian girl’s team at the world juniors. It almost doesn’t matter who you put on breaststroke at… Read more »


Speaking of relays, based on Smith’s and Sanchez’s splits at worlds and Ruck’s split from the Olympics, the Canadian junior 4×100 freestyle relay could conceivably have finaled at worlds. They have a very bright future.


Thanks. I forgot that both Smith and Sanchez beat her in the 100 and 200 free and they are also going to Jr. Worlds.

Not sure who is swimming some of the other events for Canada at Jr. Worlds but I suppose she could also swim the 400 free there as she has put up good times in that event before, and if memory serves me right, I seem to remember that she swam another event at an event in Arizona right after trials putting up another good time (the 200 IM??). Definitely a very talented swimmer in multiple events.

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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