Taylor Ruck Ties Canadian Record in 200 LCM Free at England Nats


Canadian swimmer Taylor Ruck, part of a small group from Toronto that is taking advantage of a few long course training meets in Europe this winter, finished 2nd in the women’s 200 free on Wednesday, the first day of Swim England’s winter national championship meet. Although she was beat-out by home-town swimmer Ellie Faulkner, Ruck tied the Canadian National Record in the 200 free.

Ruck swam 1:56.94, which matches the swim of the same time that was done by Brittany MacLean at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials.

The two swimmers in their record-breaking efforts didn’t split too dis-similarly. Ruck went out a little faster on her first 50, but by the halfway mark, the splits are basically back in line.

1st 50 2nd 50 3rd 50 4th 50
MacLean ’16 27.77 29.37 30.05 29.75
Ruck ’17 27.36 29.67 30.18 29.73

Ruck’s previous personal best was 1:57.08 from the 2017 World Junior Championships, though she split as fast as 1:56.18 on Canada’s medal-winning 800 free relay at the 2016 Olympic Games. Ruck missed out on a spot at last summer’s World Championships after a tough showing at Canada’s trials, but has since moved to train with Titley, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith and others at the High Performance Center in Toronto.

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Hasn’t Penny Oleksiak left Titley’s group?


Yes, swimswam wrote an article about it in September.


I feel like the Canadian National record should be faster than a 1:56high. Especially after they had enough competitive 200freestylers to win a medal in the 800 relay.


GIve it time…. another oly cycle or two and I bet we’ll have 3-4 girls under this record. They are building a great relay culture here and he individual wins will be the last key


Penny split somewhere in 1:54 in the relay last summer. If she swam it individually last summer, it would be. I’m sure that record won’t last much longer. It’s really just a question of whether Penny or Taylor will break it first. That event seems to be the sweet spot where their specialties match up.


Ben please identify the meet Penny split “somewhere in 1:54 in the relay last summer.”

Not to say Penny isn’t capable of such a swim, but at least in the 2017 Belgrade World Champs she was not even on the Canadian relay in finals. Canada was 8th in the 4×200 final (Harvey, Smith, Savard, Paddington); I checked the prelims also, and Penny did not swim there either; in the individual 200 Harvey and Savard were 14th and 15th, both in the low 1:58s.

Wikipedia lists Penny’s best LC 200 free at 1:57.59 April, 2016 in Toronto (Trials?)

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