One among Canada’s high swimmers is becoming a member of the nation’s most elite coaching group 4 and a half months out of the 2021 Olympic Trials.
Sydney Pickrem, a 2016 Olympian and four-time LC World Championship medalist, will be a part of Excessive Efficiency Centre – Ontario, Swimming Canada announced Wednesday, going on to Toronto from Budapest the place she was competing within the Worldwide Swimming League (ISL).
The HPC – Ontario group, led by head coach Ben Titley and affiliate head coach Ryan Mallette, options a number of of Canada’s high athletes, together with 2019 World Championship medalists Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith.
“I’m actually excited to have the chance to coach on the Excessive Efficiency Centre – Ontario,” Pickrem advised Swimming Canada. “I’ve labored with Ben (Titley) and Ryan (Mallette) earlier than and I’m excited to see what my future swimming profession has in retailer below their teaching.”
Beforehand, Pickrem skilled out of her alma mater, Texas A&M College, the place she was a 2019 graduate.
Within the current ISL season, Pickrem captained the London Roar to a third-place end, additionally decreasing nationwide data within the ladies’s 200 and 400 particular person medley (SCM).
“I’m centered on excessive efficiency and being the perfect worldwide racer I will be,” stated Pickrem. “The ISL was an effective way to get again to racing, now it’s time for me to concentrate on making ready to be the perfect I will be on the Trials in April.”
Along with Oleksiak, Ruck, Sanchez and Smith, the coaching group additionally contains fellow Olympians Yuri Kisil and Mack Darragh, World Junior Championship medalists Jade Hannah, Finlay Knox and Joshua Liendo, and rising age group stars Elan Daley and Summer McIntosh. Kisil and Knox had been teammates of Pickrem in the course of the 2019 ISL season with London, with each transferring to the brand new Canadian membership, Toronto Titans, this 12 months.
“Sydney is a superb younger girl,” Titley stated. We’ve labored together with her on quite a lot of nationwide groups and we love her positivity. She will probably be coaching with world-class swimmers each day. She’s going to elevate the usual and be somebody that youthful swimmers can be taught from and race in opposition to.
“She will probably be nice for our program and nice in our program. We’re excited to have her and we’re wanting ahead to being a part of her future success.”
Pickrem, 23, was the bronze medalist within the ladies’s 400 IM on the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, and adopted up with three extra third-place finishes on the 2019 Worlds within the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and the ladies’s 400 medley relay. Her 200 breast swim made her the first Canadian woman in history to win three individual LC World medals, a feat that was matched by Kylie Masse later within the competitors.
The addition of Pickrem places nearly all of Canada’s top-end expertise all in the identical pool day-to-day main as much as the Olympic Trials, scheduled for April 7-11, 2021, and in the end the Tokyo Video games. Together with solely swimmers that competed within the relay finals (the Canadian ladies gained bronze in all three relays), Masse, Maggie MacNeil and Emily Overholt are the one 2019 Worlds medalists that aren’t coaching with HPC – Ontario.
“It’s nice to have Sydney in Canada and at HPC-Ontario for her preparation in the direction of the Tokyo Olympic Video games,” stated Olympic Program Senior Coach Martyn Wilby.
“She is a world-class athlete who has confirmed herself on the worldwide stage time and time once more and can solely add to an already nice group of swimmers. It’s a optimistic transfer for Group Canada, for Sydney, and for the centre, and we count on her to be a pacesetter within the group and on the nationwide group.”