January 17th, 2015

The 14-year-old age-group star swimming out of Scottsdale Aquatic Club, Taylor Ruck, broke her second Canadian age-group record of the day at the Arena Pro Swim Series stop in Austin en route to a fourth place finish in the 100m backstroke final.

Ruck went into the meet with a personal best time of 1:06.14 from sectionals last season, however dropped a 1:02.37 to break the previous 13-14 Canadian age-group mark that was held by Florida Gator Sinead Russell.

Following the massive time-drop from prelims, Ruck came into finals and had an absolutely stellar performance. She once again took a large chunk off her time to post a swift 1:01.25, beating rising Canadian backstroke star 16-year-old Danielle Hanus in the process.

Ruck turned in third place behind fellow Canadian and Oakville Aquatic Club swimmer Dominique Bouchard who eventually won the race, and multi-time Olympic gold medallist Natalie Coughlin.

Multi-event star Katinka Hosszu passed her on the final 50 leaving Ruck out of a medal position, however Ruck was still a 31.24 on the last 50 (the third fastest last 50 split of the field) solidifying her Canadian record performance.

Her time in-fact wasn’t far off the Canadian record in the girls 15-17 year-old category held by Sinead Russell at 1:00.57.

The time for Ruck makes her the eighth fastest Canadian of all time in the event. Ruck also broke the 200m backstroke Canadian record earlier in the meet.


Source : Swim Swam