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Canadian swimmer Taylor Ruck enjoying success on the road to recovery from eating disorderTaylor Ruck says she's excited and energized again and can't wait to get down to business in the lead-up to the world championships this summer in Budapest.

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21-year-old feeling happy, healthy after 2-year battle

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Emotional reunion

"I just wanted to share what I was going through. I'm not really a public speaker on a lot of things. It scared me a lot but it was an important thing to do to be heard," she said. "So many people reached out. It was so heartwarming to hear from everyone and so gut-wrenching to hear from people going through it too.

"I knew it was a problem but hearing all of that. It does get better and there is support."

When Ruck arrived in Victoria this past week ahead of competition, it was the first time she was seeing her teammates since Tokyo. It was a joyous and emotional reunion with a group of swimmers she's been through a lot with. In the last eight months a lot has changed in her world and she's been feeling stronger and healthier than she has for quite some time. 

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"When I came to their hotel before the meet started I gave everyone big hugs. I started crying once I saw everyone," Ruck said. "I had tears. It was so heartwarming to see everyone because it's been since Tokyo."

Her journey to recovery continues and Ruck isn't taking anything for granted. But she's excited and energized again — and can't wait to get down to business in the lead-up to worlds this summer, and then once again compete for Canada on the international stage.

"A lot of coaches and people on deck have told me this week they've noticed a difference in me from last year," she said. "I'm happier and happier. I'm just so grateful to be able to say that."

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Canada's Joshua Liendo sets national record in 50m freestyle

1 day agoDuration 0:59Joshua Liendo breaks the Canadian record in the 50m freestyle with a time of 21.63 seconds and qualifies for the FINA world swimming championships.0:59

Liendo breaks 13-year-old national record

Meanwhile, on the final night of swimming at the national trials, 19-year-old Josh Liendo saved his best for last. He broke a 13-year-old record held in the men's 50m freestyle event, posting a time 21.63 seconds to win the race.  

It was the second-fastest time in this event in the world this year. 

"I still have stuff to work on. Getting that time right there is really motivating but I'm hungry to get better than that," Liendo said. "I am proud of myself."

Shelby Newkirk broke the S6 Canadian record time of 1:20.76 in the para multi-class 100m backstroke event. It was Newkirk's fifth Canadian record of the meet. Kelsey Wog won the 200m breaststroke in two minutes, 24.87 seconds which was well under the FINA qualifying time.  Kayla Sanchez won the women's 50m freestyle event, qualifying under the FINA time standard in 24.93.

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Shelby Newkirk breaks Canadian record in 100m backstroke S6

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