Ruck, Masse hit high gear at Pan Pacs

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Tay­lor Ruck set a record for medals by a Cana­dian, and Kylie Masse was named the top over­all fe­male swim­mer on the fi­nal day at the Pan Pa­cific Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day.

The 18-year-old Ruck took sil­ver in the women’s 200-me­tre back­stroke. It was her fifth medal of the cham­pi­onships.

“I just wanted to do the best that I could and it’s so amaz­ing to be able to ac­com­plish that,” Ruck said.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out my re­lay team­mates and all of Team Canada.”

Ruck’s time of two min­utes, 6.41 sec­onds was just be­hind Amer­i­can Kath­leen Baker, who set a Pan Pacs record of 2:06.14 for the win. Amer­i­can Regan Smith was third in a world ju­nior record 2:06.46, fol­lowed by Masse in fourth (2:07.00).

Ruck, a Kelowna, B.C. na­tive, also won gold in the women’s 200 freestyle, and bronzes in the 100 freestyle, 4x100 and 4x200 free re­lays in Tokyo, break­ing a seven-way tie to be­come the first Cana­dian to win five medals at Pan Pacs.

It’s her sec­ond such record this year, af­ter ty­ing the all-time mark for Com­mon­wealth Games medals with eight in April.

“This sets my ex­pec­ta­tions higher,” she said. “I just love Ja­pan and hope­fully I’ll be able to come back here in two years (for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games).”

The 22-year-old Masse, from LaSalle, Ont., was named fe­male swim­mer of the cham­pi­onships for her 100 back­stroke win ear­lier in the meet.

Mean­while, Cal­gary’s Yuri Kisil earned Canada’s first men’s medal, tak­ing bronze in the 50 freestyle with a per­sonal-best time of 22.02 on Sun­day.

“It’s a big deal. I’ve wanted to get on the podium in­di­vid­u­ally for a long time. To fi­nally do it here means the world,” Kisil said.

“I had a lot of great ex­pe­ri­ences here and hope­fully we’ll be back in two years.”

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