Taylor Ruck Rushes Inside 54 In 100 Free Heats As One Of Swiftest 15s Ever

Taylor Ruck, of Canada [still: 12news.com] - and those who were speedy at 15 and even speedier later on [all other images by Patrick B. Kraemer - clockwise from top left, Bronte Campbell, cate Campbell and Britta Steffen, Marrit Steenbergen, Sarah Sjostrom, Ranomi Kromowidjojo]

After a 1:56.71 anchor that swept Canada from fourth to silver in the 4x200m free last night, Taylor Ruck, 15, leapfrogged the 54sec zone in 100m freestyle heats at the World Junior Championships this morning in Singapore: 53.95 made her one of the swifts 15-year-olds in history

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After a 1:56.71 anchor that swept Canada from fourth to silver in the 4x200m free last night, Taylor Ruck, 15, leapfrogged the 54sec zone in 100m freestyle heats at the World Junior Championships this morning in Singapore: 53.95 made her one of the swifts 15-year-olds in history

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gheko

Cate Campbell went 53.30 in 2008 as a 15 yr old

paolo rubbiani

@Gheko: Yes, but with a Speedo Lzr.
I think that Craig is considering textile performances.

Craig Lord

As Paolo says, Gheko – the list is textile only … it also reflects the time the swimmer did in the year they turned 15. Cate swam 53.30 in the month of her 16th birthday. The one that I would be a touch unsure of is Sarah Sjostrom’s 55.2, which was clocked at Swedish nationals in 2008: I believe she was wearing an arena textile suit, that being what she wore in the 100 ‘fly at the same meet in a time slower than her european title win that year, which was also swum in an arena textile bodysuit.

Ger

Missy Franklin has a 54.03 as a 14 year old. It’s from 2009, so very possibly aided by a shiny suit.
Taylor Ruck’s best time, listed No. 3 in the U.S. 13-14 age group, from this year is 55.51. That’s a big improvement today, very impressive.

felix

I hope she swims faster than the Chinese girls tonight, call me whatever u like but I don’t trust any time by a Chinese teenager whether they’ve been found guilty or not especially Shiwen.

paolo rubbiani

Craig, about the suits I remember all…
Yes, those Sjostrom’s times in 2008 were swum with the famous Arena R-evolution, textile but super-efficient suit .
I frankly believe that its characteristics about core stability, buoyancy etc, were pretty similar at Lzr and some swimmers chose to stick with Arena (i.e Cseh and Isakovic) also in Beijing, and had great performances with that suit.
Also Federica Pellegrini, at European Champs in March 2008, swam her best race in 400 free with the Arena R-evolution.
Franklin’s time of 2009 was swum with a 100%poly, neither with the Lzr.

paolo rubbiani

Very interesting swimming-topic that regarding Taylor Ruck, because every swimming-fan who has followed Usa meetings during the last season knows that Ruck has swum many, many 400 and 800 free.
And here she swims 53.9, showing a great speed also in front-half of the race (26.00 at 50m in semifinal) in the 100 free improving dramatically her PB..
What would be happened if she had swum more 100 in season..

Craig Lord

Roy, you need to read up on the laws of libel and the terms of justification. The swimmer Felix mentions has been in headlines far and wide because of the last 100m of an Olympic victory, a last astonishing 100m that very many find deeply troubling, including those with the welfare of the teenager in mind.
The name you used, now edited out, has no off the chart moment like that, not even close: I would not wish to justify your example, and as editor thus reserve the right to replace your tit-for-tat response with an X where you named a swimmer with, in my opinion as editor, no justification. Please do not come back with another argument to state your case – I’m not going to spend more time on this. You have my decision.
Meanwhile, most of China’s fastest juniors are not in Singapore, so that line of thought is somewhat mute; though i agree that not all Chinese teenagers swimming well should automatically be tainted with the sins of a truly awful past in swimming that simply cannot be likened with anything in the sport in any other current nation.

Craig Lord

Thanks Paolo.

gheko

Sorry Craig yes LZR, just thought it was worth mentioning Cate’s time as the Olympic crown was won in 53.12 that year!

Ger

It is true that not all Chinese juniors should be viewed with suspicion because of their country’s dark past on doping issues. But the fact is, that because of this, they are much more likely to be.

gheko

Roy i agree if Katie was Chinese how many would respect her performances?

Craig Lord

Justification, Roy… and what would the man on the Clapham Omnibus think… they might think like you: Felix is mad to make a gross generalisation … but in doing so, would he influence more people to believe what he believes if they already didn’t do so? Probably not. I work with my knowledge of the law on such things, not whim.

Craig Lord

Irrelevant, Gheko: not the same situation in many significant ways. The reverse equation simply does not work. Plenty did respect Sun Yang’s performance but he and those around him blew all that to smithereens.

Craig Lord

Roy and Gkeko, come the day that any journalist can walk on to any poolside in China unannounced, as I have been able to walk into pools in Britain, Germany, the USA, Australia and lots of other places, closer will we be to a time to reconsider. We’re not nearly there yet but we are just a few years beyond a 16-year-old sprinter testing positive for EPO and a few more years beyond a pool full of problems and abuse. You cannot compare that environment with others around the world in many places where access is not an issue an there is no backdrop anything remotely close to what we have experience from China. It is to be expected that doubt remains when a young Chinese kid comes along and not only clocks a world-leading-edge time but does so in a particularly odd way (the super-fast finish has become something of a trademark in some small quarters out there in world swimming – China has put its share of those on display a fair few times in recent years). I simply don’t accept the argument that every swim around the world that is fast also falls into categories of ‘doubtful’ and ‘off the chart’ etc. The continued emphasis on ‘look at poor Ye Shiwen’ and what would have happened had Ledecky been Chinese is the stuff of surface thought that holds no water.

gheko

I think the main issues with drugs is what constitutes performance enhancing? You could argue that Sun and Rick Demont and even Sam Riley were taking them in a sense as it allowed them to compete at a more enhanced level, in my opinion the real cheats are taking steroids and masking agents are still getting away with it in some cases.

Craig Lord

Roy, beyond the fact that I was sleeping when Felix posted his comment and by the time I woke, you had assumed the role of editor (which you are not), you still don’t get it: Ye Shiwen’s last 100 in the 400IM was truly off the chart and MUST be called out by all who understand what that all meant and what it might mean – that is a responsibility as far as I am concerned as a journalist covering swimming; what Ledecky did does NOT match that scenario and that swimmers does NOT, in my opinion, deserve to be called out. She swam within the bounds of expectation for a 15-year-old who clocked 8:13. That is by honestly held opinion – backed by statistical fact. I don’t think anyone has called Ye Shiwen a low-life cheat; rather, those concerned about that day in London, starting with John Leonard and the precise quotes he gave have clearly, on a list of concerns, focussed on the well-being of the swimmer against a backdrop of serious abuse of young athletes in her nation. No GDR athlete ever failed a drug test, Roy; and neither did Armstrong nor Jones et al… so that argument is no argument at all.

Craig Lord

Of course they are, Gheko, but you lump three very very different cases together in your comment and state that the athlete was ‘taking them” etc… in each of those cases it could well be argued that the athlete was totally unaware of any problem; in two cases, what turned out to be a banned substance was prescribed; in one case a migraine was resolved ill-advisedly as it turned out by the swimmer taking a prescription headache pill of the coaches’ wife.

Craig Lord

Yes, Roy, that is my main point. It is the obfuscation and the involvement of officials in the case who were there throughout the 1990s and appear to have learned no lessons.

Craig Lord

Roy, I think Katinka H would have to swim a very different race to come home in 58.6 (she is the swifter 100, 200 and 400 freestyler over Ye) – and that different race might well leave her shy of the 4:28. We shall see. KH has had a crack at that 3 or 4 times now and knows that she MUST get out fast if she is to have a hope… pacing and relying on the chance of having the reserve for a 58.6 in the tank is not going to do the job, in my view. And in my view, we will wait a long time to see a 58.6 return to a world record over 400IM.

gheko

Its strange with the Chinese how Le Jingyi never failed a drug test, although Bin Lu did!

Craig Lord

Luck, Gheko: just about every member, if not every member, of the China team stepping off the plane in Hiroshima in 1994 was very likely to have been doped. There can be no question that those leading the team at the time were involved in systematic doping and that stretched to entire squads of youngsters. I interviewed Le and Dai Guohong in 1993: it was one of the saddest, stomach-sinking moments of my career as a journalist, the slow drip of abuse heavy ion the air on a number of levels. Just as no GDR swimmer ever tested positive during their racing days for the GDR, a fair few of those who excelled in those days of Rome did not test positive, including Yuan Yuan… but what we feared has been confirmed in a number of ways, including the little-reported report from medical and anti-doping experts who travelled to China in the wake of the 1998 crisis of Perth world titles. It is quite clear in that report that they believed that a systematic doping program stretched to a great many young athletes and involved a large number opt coaches and others, doctors included.

gheko

So in that context the system was at fault, like the former GDR athletes, and not the swimmers, that is very sad, I read somewhere that 13-14 yr old females wete forced to swim fully clothed and in boots for 8 hrs a day! unbelievable!

Craig Lord

Yes, the system was and is at fault. If you mean the GDR, gheko, that’s rubbish: I’m married to a former swimmer from East Germany who was still a young youth when the wall fell, mercifully. Hours of cross-country skiing in the mix, yes, but workloads in water no more than peers around the world were doing … they never swam 8 hours a day and it was nothing remotely like your reference, which I assume to be unserious wherever it came from.

Craig Lord

You’ve got a talent for maths, Roy 🙂

gheko

Craig I was referring to the Chinese not the East Germans.

Craig Lord

Ah… I wondered… I wouldn’t know about the boots, but I had heard stories about clothes…

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