October 16th, 2014

 

There are few perennial top-5 type teams that wait longer to make their break in college recruiting on a regular basis than do the Texas A&M Aggies, but when they start to make moves, they make big moves.

Their latest verbal commitment is from Canadian Commonwealth Games team swimmer Sydney Pickrem: a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen who trains with the Clearwater Aquatic Team in Florida.

Pickrem’s best success internationally has been in the IM’s, and in short course that has translated to the expected versatile event lineup that she brings to the table for the Aggies.

Best times in yards:

  • 50 free – 23.45
  • 100 free – 50.69
  • 200 free – 1:48.78
  • 500 free – 4:50.79
  • 100 back – 54.23
  • 200 back – 1:56.69
  • 100 breast – 1:02.53
  • 200 breast – 2:11.36
  • 100 fly – 55.51
  • 200 IM – 1:58.15
  • 400 IM – 4:19.13

In many cases, given how far Pickrem has progressed into the international ranks from Canada and her focus on long course, those times don’t come close to representing how good she truly is. Below are highlights of her long course times:

  • 100 back – 1:02.43
  • 200 back – 2:11.42
  • 100 breast – 1:11.71
  • 200 breast – 2:31.09
  • 200 IM – 2:13.78
  • 400 IM – 4:44.05

In short, Pickrem as a freshman, will at a bare minimum be a probable NCAA scorer in the 200 and 400 IM’s, with the possibility of scoring in a number of third events as well, including the 200 back and the 200 breast.

This summer, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pickrem finished 8th in the 200 IM. She also swam at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 backstroke. She finished as high as 13th place, in the 200 IM, though as her second taper-meet of the summer she didn’t swim best times in the Gold Coast.

Pickrem joins Texas’ Lexie Lupton and  fellow Floridian Claire Rasmus as the only A&M women’s commitments we’ve reported so far this fall. There are at least three others that we’re working to confirm, however, so their overall class rankings should start to climb in a hurry.

 

Source : Swim Swam