Born and raised in Florida, Sydney Pickrem is a dual Canadian-American citizen whose family hails from Halifax. After winning both individual medleys at the 2015 Canadian Trials, she reached the podium in both events at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, taking silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 200m IM. She then made her FINA World Championship debut, advancing to the final of the 200m IM. In 2013 she won four medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival before going on to swim in seven events at the FINA World Junior Championships where she won bronze in the 200m IM. Pickrem qualified for her first national team in 2014, allowing her to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Her summer was highlighted by her reaching the 200m IM final in Glasgow.
Family: Father Darren Pickrem is a medical salesman and used to play hockey in the QMJHL… Mother Elizabeth Pickrem… Older brother Jack… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 6 because her brother swam… Outside Interests: Enjoys wakeboarding and going to the beach… Graduated from East Lake High School in June 2015… Will study kinesiology at Texas A&M University… Would like to become a physiotherapist… Enjoys reading athlete biographies… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Syd… Considers sparkly boots as her good luck charm… Favourite motto: Never give up… Usually eats steak and pasta before competing…
Notable International Results
Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER (400m IM), BRONZE (200m IM)
Commonwealth Games: 2014 – 8th (200m IM)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2015 – 6th (200m IM), 14th (400m IM) 2013 – BRONZE (200m IM), 6th (400m IM), 10th (100m backstroke), 5th (200m backstroke), 19th (200m breaststroke), 4th (4x200m freestyle relay), 8th (4x100m medley relay)
Pan Pacific Championships: 2014 – 13th (200m IM), 15th (400m IM), 20th (200m backstroke)