World Junior Championships: Back-to-Back Golds For Minna Atherton & Taylor Ruck

Minna Artherton claimed the backstroke double and Taylor Ruck followed bronze in the 200 back with two golds, in the 100 free and with canada teammates in the 4x100 mixed free relay - main imagine, Atherton, courtesy of Swimming Australia

Minna Atherton (AUS), the 100m back champion, did the double with a 2:09.11 championships record at the helm of a podium all on 2:09s in the 200m backstroke; Taylor Ruck,(CAN), third to Atherton in the 200, then went on to claim two golds, first on 53.92 in the 100m freestyle ahead of teammate Penny Oleksiak, then with teammates, including Oleksiak, in the mixed 4x100m free relay,

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Minna Atherton (AUS), the 100m back champion, did the double with a 2:09.11 championships record at the helm of a podium all on 2:09s in the 200m backstroke; Taylor Ruck,(CAN), third to Atherton in the 200, then went on to claim two golds, first on 53.92 in the 100m freestyle ahead of teammate Penny Oleksiak, then with teammates, including Oleksiak, in the mixed 4x100m free relay,

Comments

Wez

Gutsy swim from Atherton, those starts and walls are really looking superior. I think she is going to break the 50 back WJR at this meet. (the one registered as that anyway)

commonwombat

This certainly looked her toughest individual event; the time is certainly a pleasant surprise.

As I’ve stated previously, she looks likely to be “locked out” of AUS Olympic selection given the presence of Seebohm, Wilson & quite possibly Hocking but she’d most definitely be a major contender for nearly every other major swimming nation.

Ruck ….. quite simply on another level to the rest of the field. Her rise & the CAN performances in Kazan should give CAN Swimming some hope of contending for a minor medal in W4X100 in Rio.

Her presence as anchor of the CAN mixed FS relay was the deal-clincher after Thornmeyer’s 48.77 2nd leg. For those who may grumble at Chalmers’ 48.89; a timely signal that he IS human & not some infallible wonder. The AUS opening leg left them a deficit & he put them back “on-par” with the main players. AUS women probably swam above their individual form but neither are anywhere near Ruck’s quality.

Wez

With Relay swims like that, the Canadian men are lining themselves up for a good shot at 4×100 next year.

Just so we are clear, I am not saying that they WILL win, I have a feeling they might surprise though.

I mean, you have Sando Conderelli – 47.98 at Pan Ams, and since has swum consistently. 48 low. This kid Markus Thormeyer on 48.77 in that relay, and then Yuri Kisil who is still not 20, swimming 48.1 as the anchor at Pan Ams. They need one more guy who can step up to swim 48 seconds, and they should definitely final, and with a bit of luck and strategy, they could step up for a medal. These “men” are still kids.

commonwombat

Wez, it will be extremely tough to make the M4X100 final next year; Kazan was just a warning shot. You need to have 4 sub49 swims in the heats to be in the mix for the finals; let alone be comptetive.

If CAN can find that extra man, then they can most certainly final. With AUS, it all resolves around Magnussen. With him back & in form, they should easily grab one of the 4 additional QF spots AND make the final. Without him, qualifying even becomes precarious.

Rooney, like Chalmers, proved himself “human” with his opening relay split (49low) but its he, rather than “the human headline” who is a potential candidate for a Rio relay berth.

Lachlan McDowell

Did you manage to find a textile best of Cate Campbell as a 15 year old? She was 53.30 as a 15 year old in 2008. I think after trials and after the launch of the LZR.

Craig Lord

54.70, Lachlan; I have 3 swims faster than that when she was 15; all in May, the month of Cate’s 16th birthday, 53.30 the lzr best of them – and a 54.44 relay lead (no idea if that was a test in other suit to see what the difference was but it was swum at the same meet, so that may be the case…I don’t know).

Danjohnrob

Way to go Canada! I don’t remember a session of international swimming finals in my lifetime in which the Canadian Swim Team performed so well!

I’m not sure if it has been stated by my fellow commenters above, but this session showed a nice “bounce back” for Michael Andrew from his disastrous session yesterday! He may not end up with any individual golds/medals from this meet, but it looks likely to me that he will look back on it as a character-building experience!

paolo rubbiani

@Danjohnrob: I think that tomorrow 50 back final (first in the session of finals) is a great chance for Andrew’s first gold.
Then there will be 50 free final, close race with the 8 finalists in 0.32, but Chalmers and Andrew are the favorites.

Intriguing swimming case that of Taylor Ruck.
I’ve never seen a swimmer that in-season does so many 400 and 800 free, 800 and 400 free every meeting like Ruck has done, and then she arrives at Junior Champs and shows a blistering speed..because looking at the 25.90 at 50 m in today final (20 minutes after a 200 back..) and considering how slow is Ruck at the start, she has an amazing speed in the water.

Coach Zacher, ok the endurance (and Ruck could become a fantastic 200 freestyler in the next years), but some more 100 free already in-season please..

paolo rubbiani

I mean 50 back final first in the session of finals for Andrew, obviously

Rafael

If andrew swim like he did on prelims 50 back, he will win, if he swims like semis, he may get beaten.

50 free may be tought, it will be his 3rd race (50 back and 50 fly are before)

felix

Craig, worth noting in the 800 review that Castro & Parrish raced each other in the morning & both nearly medalled. Also the medal tally still missing a bronze from Bobbi Gichard….

felix

Wez, Atherton has to beat Fa’amasuili to win the 50 & after watching her go 27.27sc a fortnight ago she’s my pick. I think she will go 27.8. Atherton 28.0.

Craig Lord

Links back to morning file in place for 800 with a word of clarification … and Bobbi G’s bronze added, too. Thanks, Felix

Wez

@felix, thanks for your input. SC is very different to LC on a 50 back. Florent is the WR holder SC but did not even swim it in Kazan, and would be interesting if he could convert his 22.22 into a 24.0.

Same applies for the WSC champ Medieros, she smoked the field, while in Kazan, she was 2nd after a blistering first 40 meters.

The heats this am in Singapore showed you hitting the nail on the head for Atherton, she was 28.0, with Fa’amasuili in close 2nd 28.09.

The finals will be interesting, but I will definitely be rooting for the triple crown chance.

aswimfan

Craig,

Cate Campbell swam that 53.30 in Santa Clara 6 days shy of her 16 yo, so she is technically the fastest 15 yo in 100 free.

Craig Lord

aswimfan: textile only – the 53.30 was in a LZR bodysuit; no telling what current gen would do, so comparison only works in textile.

Danjohnrob

@Paolo: You were right! MA came out on top in the 50 Back. The kid’s a drop dead sprinter with a great start; unfortunately, he has some work to do to be equally competitive in the 100+ distances, but hopefully that will come with time.

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