“That was amazing, I can’t even describe it. It was so cool to be part of that race,” Ruck said. “I felt really good in that race. The first 50 I went out pretty good and smooth and the last 50 I just tried to hang on and tried to race Cate and Simone.”
Ruck and Sanchez combined with Rebecca Smith of Toronto and Mackenzie Padington of Victoria for bronze in the relay. Australia won the race, while the United States finished second.
Padington was the anchor, finishing in a lifetime best split of one minute, 56.75 seconds to keep Canada ahead of Japan.
“These three girls set it up amazingly, so I just really wanted us to get a medal. I think we all did really good and accomplished that,” Padington said.
On the men’s side, Mack Darragh of Oakville, Ont., finished fifth in the 200 butterfly, while Javier Acevado of Scarborough was fifth and Markus Thormeyer of Vancouver was sixth in the 100 backstroke.