National Teams

Senior National Team

Taylor Ruck

  • Age 20
  • Height 183 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre - Ontario
  • Coach Ben Titley
  • Previous Coaches Greg Meehan, Kevin Zacher
  • Hometown Kelowna, BC
  • Residence Toronto, ON

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships36
Tokyo 2018 Pan Pacific Championships1135
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games1528
Indianapolis 2017 FINA World Junior Championships617
Rio 2016 Olympic Games22

Taylor’s Bio

  • At her first Olympic Games in 2016, Ruck swam in both the 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle relays where she won bronze medals for both events, breaking both Canadian records in the process.
  • At the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Ruck was a part of the women’s 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle teams that brought home bronze and broke the Canadian records. Ruck also swam in the preliminaries for the 4×100-m medley relay that captured bronze in the finals. Individually, Ruck finished fourth in the 100-m backstroke and fifth in the 100-m freestyle and 200-m backstroke.
  • Taylor Ruck won a total of eight medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games which tied Canada’s Ralph Hutton (1966) and Australians Emily Seebohm (2010) and Susie O’Neill (1998) for the most medals won by an athlete at a single Games.
  • Ruck won gold and set the Commonwealth record in the 200-m freestyle. She also set a Canadian record in the 50-m freestyle where she tied for silver.
  • At the same event, individually she earned a silver in the 200-m backstroke, and two bronze medals in 100-m backstroke and 100-m freestyle. Ruck was also a member of the relay teams that earned a silver in the 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle relay, as well as the 4×100-m medley relay.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Taylor Ruck became the first Canadian to win five medals at a single Pan Pacs. Ruck won gold and broke the Championships and Commonwealth record in the 200-m free.
  • At the same event, Ruck also captured silver in the 200-m backstroke and bronze in the 100-m freestyle in a personal best time. She was also a member of the 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle relays that took home bronze.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials, Ruck won gold in the 100-m freestyle and captured silver in the 200-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke and 200-m backstroke to qualify for the 2019 FINA World Championships.
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton, Ruck won gold in the 200-m freestyle.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, Ruck brought home five relay gold medals, which include the women’s 4×100-m medley, 4×100 free and 4×200 free as well as the mixed 4×100 free and 4×100 medley.
  • At the same competition, Ruck won a sixth gold in the 200-m freestyle and a silver in the 100-m backstroke.
  • Ruck became the most decorated athlete at the World Junior Championships with 13 total medals.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Junior Championships, Ruck won gold and set a new age group record (15-17) in the 200-m backstroke.
  • At the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25-m) in Windsor, Ont. Ruck took part in six events including four relays. Individually she earned herself a bronze medal in the 200-m freestyle in a Canadian record time of 1:52.50. She also finished 14th in the 400-m freestyle in a personal best time.
  • At the same competition, she was a member of the gold medal winning 4×50-m and 4×200-m freestyles that both set new Canadian records. She also swam in the prelims of the 4×100-m medley relay that later won a silver medal. Finally, she was a member of the 4×100-m freestyle that was disqualified.
  • At the Monte-Carlo stop of the 2016 Mare Nostrum Tour, Ruck brought home a silver medal in the 400-m freestyle.
  • At the Charlotte stop of the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series, Ruck earned a silver medal in the 200-m freestyle.
  • Ruck was born in Kelowna, B.C., and her family moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. when she was 10 months old for her father’s work.
  • At the 2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-Swimming Trials, Ruck earned a silver medal in the 400-m freestyle, and earned a spot as a relay swimmer with a 5th-place finish in the 200-m freestyle.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships, Ruck collected three gold medals in the 100-m freestyle, 200-m freestyle and mixed 4×100-m freestyle relay. As a fifteen-year-old, Ruck’s time in the 100-m freestyle set a Canadian age group record in the 15-17 age category.
  • At the same competition, she served in the anchor position for the silver-medal winning 4×200-m freestyle relay, and earned two more bronze medals in the 200-m backstroke and 4×100-m freestyle relay.
  • Ruck was named Swimming Canada’s Youth Female Swimmer of the Year in 2015.
  • At the 2015 US Junior National Championships, Ruck earned two gold medals in the 200-m and 400-m freestyle, a bronze in the 800-m freestyle and a 5th place finish in the 50-m freestyle.
  • At the 2015 Arizona state high school swimming and diving championships, Ruck won both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, setting a new state record in the 200 as a sophomore.
  • Her father, Colin Ruck, was a player in the Western Hockey League from 1987-1991.
  • Ruck drew inspiration from Missy Franklin, another swimmer with Canadian roots, because of her work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Ruck began swimming lessons at 11 months, and has loved the water from a young age.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @taylor.ruck
  • Twitter: @taylor_ruck
  • Nickname: T-Ruck
  • Hobbies: Relaxing at home, making art, and playing with my Pug
  • Off-Season Interests: Visiting family in Kelowna, BC, hike with friends and family, run, and paddle-board
  • Favourite Quote: Never Give Up

Taylor’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetStatusRecords
50m Backstroke50mFINA: World Cup No 5 - 2019 Series
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Freestyle Laps50m13th Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps50m13th Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle50m13th Pan Pacific Championships
200m Freestyle50m13th Pan Pacific Championships---
50m Freestyle50mXXI Commonwealth Games---
200m Medley50mPro Swim Series---
200m Backstroke50mPro Swim Series---
100m Backstroke25mSwim Cup Lausanne---
50m Freestyle25mSwim Cup Lausanne---
100m Freestyle25mSwim Cup Lausanne
200m Backstroke25mSwim Cup Lausanne---
200m Medley25mNYAC Cup
50m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
400m Freestyle25mFINA: 13th World Short Course Championships
200m Freestyle25mFINA: 13th World Short Course Championships---
100m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Breaststroke50mCactus Classic
400m Freestyle50mCanadian Olympic Swimming Trials
400m Medley50mUS Junior National Championships
100m Butterfly50mSpeedo Western Section LC
50m Freestyle Laps50mSpeedo Western Section LCRELAY
200m Butterfly50mCactus Classic
800m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
1500m Freestyle50mFran Crippen Memorial Meet
50m Butterfly50mPc West Lcm Lcm Far West
50m Breaststroke50mUnited Healthcare Cactus Classic