National Teams

Senior National Team

Sydney Pickrem

  • Age 24
  • Height 160 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre - Ontario
  • Coach Ben Titley
  • Previous Coaches Steve Bultman
  • Hometown Clearwater, Florida, USA
  • Residence Toronto, ON
  • Event 200 IM, 400 IM

National Team Highlights

2019 FINA World Championships34
Tokyo 2018 Pan Pacific Championships12
Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships11
Rio 2016 Olympic Games1
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games112

Sydney’s Bio

  • At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Pickrem swam in both the 200-m and 400-m individual medley where she finished 6th and 12th.
  • Sydney Pickrem captured three bronze medals at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. She earned bronze in the 200-m breaststroke, 200-m individual medley and the women’s 4×100-m medley that set a Canadian record. She also finished fourth in the 400-m individual medley.
  • Pickrem defeated the defending Olympic and world champion, Katinka Hosszu, in the 200-m individual medley at the 2020 FINA Champions Series in Beijing. Her performance broke Hosszu’s 56-race winning streak in the 200 IM, across long- and short-course swimming events.
  • Pickrem was provisionally nominated for the 2020 Olympic Games in three events and won gold in the 200-m & 400-m individual medley at the 2020 Olympic Trials.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Pickrem won a bronze medal in the 400-m individual medley with a personal best time.
  • Pickrem captured silver and broke her own Canadian record in the 200-m individual medley at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. She also finished fifth in the 200-m breaststroke.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Pickrem made a big splash when she earned a bronze and a silver in the 200-m and 400-m medley.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Pickrem finished sixth in the 200-m medley along with a 14th-place finish in the 400-m medley.
  • In Toronto, Pickrem set a Canadian record in the 200-m medley, however once she was in Kazan, she beat the records two more times to have the best three times in Canada for the 200 IM.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials, Pickrem set a Canadian record in the women’s 200-m individual medley and also won gold in the 200 breaststroke and 400-m individual medley to qualify for her third FINA World Championships.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, Pickrem qualified for her second FINA World Championships by winning and setting personal best times in the 200-m and 400-m individual medley. Her 200 IM time lowered her own Canadian record.
  • She lowered the 200 IM Canadian record again in a second-place finish at the 2019 FINA Champions Series stop in Indianapolis
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials, Pickrem won gold in the 200-m individual medley qualifying her for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo.
  • At the 2016 Olympic & Para-swimming Trials in Toronto, Pickrem won the 200-m and 400-m individual medley to qualify for her first Olympic Games.
  • Pickrem made her first senior national team in 2014. Her highlight that summer was an eighth-place finish in the 200-m individual medley at the Commonwealth Games.
  • In 2013, she represented Canada at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January where she won four medals. At the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai, Pickrem won a bronze in the 200-m IM.
  • 2020 ISL team: London Roar
  • Sydney Pickrem broke the Canadian record in the 200 and 400-m IM at ISL 2020
  • 2019 ISL team: London Roar
  • She comes by her athletic talent naturally since her father Darren played professional hockey.
  • She played many sports, including track and field, but enjoyed swimming because of the racing.
  • Her parents are from Halifax but she was born in Dunedin, Fla.
  • Interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.
Quick Facts
  • Twitter: @sydneypickrem
  • Instagram: @sydneypickrem8
  • Favourite Movie: Elf
  • Favourite TV Show: Friends
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Sandra Bullock
  • Favourite Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory
  • Other Sport: Football
  • Pre-race meal: Chicken Parm
  • Favourite Place to visit: Prince Edward Island

Sydney’s Personal Bests

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200m Freestyle25mISL Series 6
400m Freestyle50mTake5 HP EventSPLIT
800m Freestyle50mTake5 HP Event
100m Backstroke50mTake5 HP Event
100m Freestyle50mTake5 HP Event
200m Freestyle50mTime Trials
100m Medley25mISL Final
200m Medley25mISL Final---
200m Breaststroke25mISL Final
400m Medley25mISL Semi-Final 1---
100m Freestyle25mISL Series 2RELAY
100m Breaststroke25mISL Series - Final
100m Breaststroke Laps25mISL SeriesRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mISL SeriesRELAY
200m Backstroke25mISL Series
100m Breaststroke Laps50mFINA: 18th World ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke50mPro Swim Series
200m Medley50mFINA: Champions Swim Series---
200m Breaststroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
400m Medley50mFINA: 17th World Championships
100m Backstroke25mFINA: World Cup No 7 - 2013 Series
400m Freestyle25mFINA: World Cup No 7 - 2013 Series
200m Freestyle Laps50mFINA: 4th World Junior ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Backstroke50mJunior Pan Pacific Championships---
100m Freestyle Laps50mJunior Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Age Group Championships
50m Breaststroke Laps50mCanadian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps50mCanadian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Breaststroke50mCanadian Age Group Championships
50m Backstroke50mInternational Invitational