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Personal best propels Sydney Pickrem on to Team Canada

Sydney Pickrem qualified for both the 2015 Pan Am Games and the World Championships on Thursday night at the 2015 Team Canada Swim Trials.

The gold medalist finished the 400 metre individual medley with a winning time of 4:39.26, six seconds off her morning preliminary time and five seconds off her personal best time.

“I’m very excited,” Pickrem said. “I haven’t been under 4:40 before, a five-second personal best is good enough for me.”

Russell Wood sets Canadian record in 50m backstroke

Russell Wood is now a double national champion and a Canadian record holder.

The Calgary, Alta. native swam a 25.13 to capture his second gold medal on Thursday at the 2015 Team Canada Trials and set a new national record in the men’s 50 metre backstroke. Pascal Wollach’s previous record of 25.23 set at the World Championships in Rome had held up since 2009.