Kelowna’s Ruck adds 2 more medals at Pan Pa­cific meet

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS -

TOKYO (CP) — Tay­lor Ruck of Kelowna brought her medal to­tal to three on Fri­day at the Pan Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships, fol­low­ing up her 200 freestyle gold on Thurs­day with bronze medals in the 100 freestyle and 4x200 freestyle re­lay.

Ruck’s per­sonal best of 52.72 sec­onds in the 100 was the sec­ond fastest in Cana­dian his­tory, just 0.02 off Penny Olek­siak’s Olympic gold-win­ning time.

“That was amaz­ing, I can’t even de­scribe it. It was so cool to be part of that race,” said Ruck, who fin­ished be­hind Aus­tralia’s Cate Campbell (52.03) and Si­mone Manuel of the U.S. (52.66). “I felt re­ally good in that race. The first 50 I went out pretty good and smooth, and the last 50 I just tried to hang on and tried to race Cate and Si­mone.”

Ruck, 18, also com­bined with Kayla Sanchez of Scar­bor­ough, Ont., Rebecca Smith of Toronto and Macken­zie Pad­ing­ton of Vic­to­ria for bronze in the re­lay.

Aus­tralia won that race, while the U.S. fin­ished sec­ond.


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