Katie Ledecky
Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
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MESA, Arizona, April 26. REIGNING Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky nearly broke into new territory with a win in the women's 800-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa.

Ledecky, who owns the world record with a stunning 8:13.86 from last summer, has never broken 8:20 in season and she nearly did it tonight with an 8:20.10 for the win. That swim still put her third in the world behind Jazmin Carlin (8:18.36) and Jessica Ashwood (8:19.76).


Ledecky went out under world record pace at one point, and swam pretty much by herself considering she won by about 13 seconds.

NBAC's Lotte Friis, who joined Ledecky under the 1500 free world record last summer, finished well back in second with an 8:33.05. NBAC's Becca Mann took third in 8:35.15.

NBAC's Cierra Runge (8:37.04), NBAC's Gillian Ryan (8:41.10), Virginia's Leah Smith (8:43.88), Gator's Andreina Pinto (8:47.99) and BlueFish's Elizabeth Beisel (8:51.48) comprised the rest of the top eight in the timed final event.

1 Ledecky, Katie 17 Nation's Capital 8:13.86 8:20.10 963
r:+0.78 28.58 58.55 (29.97)
1:29.76 (31.21) 2:00.55 (30.79)
2:32.57 (32.02) 3:03.86 (31.29)
3:36.09 (32.23) 4:07.60 (31.51)
4:39.91 (32.31) 5:11.41 (31.50)
5:43.26 (31.85) 6:14.62 (31.36)
6:46.69 (32.07) 7:18.50 (31.81)
7:49.93 (31.43) 8:20.10 (30.17)
2 Friis, Lotte 25 North Baltimore- 8:16.32 8:33.05 891
r:+0.82 29.35 1:00.06 (30.71)
1:31.56 (31.50) 2:03.18 (31.62)
2:35.38 (32.20) 3:07.52 (32.14)
3:39.90 (32.38) 4:12.10 (32.20)
4:44.70 (32.60) 5:17.29 (32.59)
5:50.14 (32.85) 6:22.84 (32.70)
6:55.59 (32.75) 7:28.07 (32.48)
8:00.93 (32.86) 8:33.05 (32.12)
3 Mann, Becca 16 Una Nbac-MD 8:27.37 8:35.15 881
r:+0.84 29.95 1:01.71 (31.76)
1:33.91 (32.20) 2:06.38 (32.47)
2:39.07 (32.69) 3:11.70 (32.63)
3:38.32 (26.62) 4:16.99 (38.67)
4:49.69 (32.70) 5:22.07 (32.38)
5:54.40 (32.33) 6:26.78 (32.38)
6:59.21 (32.43) 7:31.59 (32.38)
8:03.83 (32.24) 8:35.15 (31.32)
4 Runge, Cierra 18 North Baltimore- 8:35.95 8:37.04 871
r:+0.84 30.05 1:01.69 (31.64)
1:34.44 (32.75) 2:06.97 (32.53)
2:40.01 (33.04) 3:12.30 (32.29)
3:45.37 (33.07) 4:17.93 (32.56)
4:50.84 (32.91) 5:23.39 (32.55)
5:56.30 (32.91) 6:28.65 (32.35)
7:01.41 (32.76) 7:33.61 (32.20)
8:06.15 (32.54) 8:37.04 (30.89)
5 Ryan, Gillian 18 North Baltimore- 8:25.57 8:41.10 851
r:+0.77 30.17 1:02.50 (32.33)
1:35.06 (32.56) 2:07.76 (32.70)
2:40.04 (32.28) 3:13.61 (33.57)
3:46.87 (33.26) 4:19.76 (32.89)
4:51.69 (31.93) 5:25.04 (33.35)
5:58.12 (33.08) 6:30.88 (32.76)
7:03.66 (32.78) 7:36.54 (32.88)
8:09.32 (32.78) 8:41.10 (31.78)
6 Smith, Leah 19 Unattached-VA 8:28.01 8:43.88 837
r:+0.82 29.73 1:01.35 (31.62)
1:33.80 (32.45) 2:06.15 (32.35)
2:39.22 (33.07) 3:12.42 (33.20)
3:46.00 (33.58) 4:19.61 (33.61)
4:53.35 (33.74) 5:26.39 (33.04)
5:59.69 (33.30) 6:32.82 (33.13)
7:06.34 (33.52) 7:39.44 (33.10)
8:12.29 (32.85) 8:43.88 (31.59)
7 Pinto, Andreina 22 Gator Swim Club- 8:25.93 8:47.99 818
r:+0.81 29.97 1:01.75 (31.78)
1:34.56 (32.81) 2:07.33 (32.77)
2:40.61 (33.28) 3:13.71 (33.10)
3:47.04 (33.33) 4:20.10 (33.06)
4:53.60 (33.50) 5:26.79 (33.19)
6:00.25 (33.46) 6:33.81 (33.56)
7:07.76 (33.95) 7:41.20 (33.44)
8:15.09 (33.89) 8:47.99 (32.90)
8 Beisel, Elizabe 21 Bluefish Swim Cl 8:37.40 8:51.48 802
r:+0.76 30.43 1:02.74 (32.31)
1:35.46 (32.72) 2:08.65 (33.19)
2:42.04 (33.39) 3:15.69 (33.65)
3:49.66 (33.97) 4:23.68 (34.02)
4:57.69 (34.01) 5:31.58 (33.89)
6:05.27 (33.69) 6:38.78 (33.51)
7:12.33 (33.55) 7:45.75 (33.42)
8:18.95 (33.20) 8:51.48 (32.53)
9 Sutton, Chloe 22 Ix3 Sports-NC 8:23.24 8:52.16 799
r:+0.78 31.21 1:03.96 (32.75)
1:37.37 (33.41) 2:10.49 (33.12)
2:44.18 (33.69) 3:17.47 (33.29)
3:51.03 (33.56) 4:24.26 (33.23)
4:57.79 (33.53) 5:30.81 (33.02)
6:05.03 (34.22) 6:38.73 (33.70)
7:12.77 (34.04) 7:46.66 (33.89)
8:20.46 (33.80) 8:52.16 (31.70)
10 Brandon, Bonnie 20 Tucson Ford Deal 8:50.88 9:01.48 758
r:+0.79 31.32 1:05.10 (33.78)
1:39.28 (34.18) 2:13.33 (34.05)
2:47.53 (34.20) 3:21.93 (34.40)
3:56.43 (34.50) 4:30.45 (34.02)
5:04.69 (34.24) 5:38.52 (33.83)
6:12.82 (34.30) 6:46.82 (34.00)
7:21.26 (34.44) 7:55.30 (34.04)
8:29.15 (33.85) 9:01.48 (32.33)
11 Rongione, Isabe 14 Una Ncap-PV 8:39.09 9:01.89 756
r:+0.76 30.93 1:03.70 (32.77)
1:37.66 (33.96) 2:11.12 (33.46)
2:45.24 (34.12) 3:19.01 (33.77)
3:53.06 (34.05) 4:26.90 (33.84)
5:01.40 (34.50) 5:35.60 (34.20)
6:11.06 (35.46) 6:45.68 (34.62)
7:20.32 (34.64) 7:55.31 (34.99)
8:29.68 (34.37) 9:01.89 (32.21)
12 Earley, Erin 15 Hopkins Mariner- 8:58.48 9:03.92 748
r:+0.74 31.05 1:04.09 (33.04)
1:38.28 (34.19) 2:12.06 (33.78)
2:46.36 (34.30) 3:20.31 (33.95)
3:54.89 (34.58) 4:28.95 (34.06)
5:03.68 (34.73) 5:38.11 (34.43)
6:12.87 (34.76) 6:46.87 (34.00)
7:21.54 (34.67) 7:55.84 (34.30)
8:30.45 (34.61) 9:03.92 (33.47)
13 Basaraba, Andre 20 Unattached-CA 8:51.15 9:04.71 745
r:+0.81 31.72 1:05.50 (33.78)
1:40.17 (34.67) 2:13.82 (33.65)
2:48.62 (34.80) 3:22.46 (33.84)
3:57.40 (34.94) 4:31.60 (34.20)
5:06.79 (35.19) 5:40.88 (34.09)
6:15.76 (34.88) 6:49.85 (34.09)
7:24.94 (35.09) 7:58.35 (33.41)
8:32.89 (34.54) 9:04.71 (31.82)
14 Soe, Sandra 16 Unattached-PC 8:48.91 9:09.48 726
r:+0.81 30.81 1:04.18 (33.37)
1:38.20 (34.02) 2:12.08 (33.88)
2:46.73 (34.65) 3:20.98 (34.25)
3:54.17 (33.19) 4:30.98 (36.81)
5:04.98 (34.00) 5:41.05 (36.07)
6:11.38 (30.33) 6:50.56 (39.18)
7:23.92 (33.36) 8:00.62 (36.70)
8:30.54 (29.92) 9:09.48 (38.94)
15 Jacobsen, Kirst 16 Barrington Swim- 8:55.69 9:09.99 724
r:+0.83 30.63 1:03.39 (32.76)
1:37.04 (33.65) 2:10.49 (33.45)
2:44.76 (34.27) 3:19.40 (34.64)
3:54.61 (35.21) 4:29.70 (35.09)
5:05.32 (35.62) 5:40.85 (35.53)
6:16.51 (35.66) 6:51.67 (35.16)
7:27.25 (35.58) 8:02.05 (34.80)
8:36.72 (34.67) 9:09.99 (33.27)
16 Lorentzen, Broo 18 Unattached-CA 8:43.92 9:12.58 713
r:+0.76 31.48 1:04.75 (33.27)
1:38.62 (33.87) 2:12.43 (33.81)
2:46.49 (34.06) 3:20.84 (34.35)
3:55.61 (34.77) 4:30.59 (34.98)
5:05.79 (35.20) 5:40.86 (35.07)
6:16.20 (35.34) 6:51.82 (35.62)
7:27.47 (35.65) 8:02.85 (35.38)
8:38.12 (35.27) 9:12.58 (34.46)
17 Ruck, Taylor 13 Scottsdale Aquat 16:40.04Y 9:12.67 713
r:+0.85 31.87 1:06.11 (34.24)
1:40.81 (34.70) 2:15.23 (34.42)
2:49.86 (34.63) 3:24.68 (34.82)
3:59.88 (35.20) 4:34.73 (34.85)
5:10.28 (35.55) 5:45.41 (35.13)
6:20.62 (35.21) 6:55.80 (35.18)
7:30.99 (35.19) 8:05.78 (34.79)
8:39.50 (33.72) 9:12.67 (33.17)
18 Martin, Emily 16 Academy Bullets- 10:03.29Y 9:12.80 713
r:+0.76 31.85 1:06.03 (34.18)
1:40.77 (34.74) 2:15.19 (34.42)
2:49.96 (34.77) 3:24.71 (34.75)
4:00.04 (35.33) 4:34.79 (34.75)
5:10.04 (35.25) 5:44.98 (34.94)
6:20.12 (35.14) 6:55.20 (35.08)
7:30.37 (35.17) 8:05.20 (34.83)
8:39.82 (34.62) 9:12.80 (32.98)
19 Shelton, Samant 14 Mission Viejo Na 10:01.37Y 9:13.89 708
r:+0.87 31.88 1:05.62 (33.74)
1:40.58 (34.96) 2:14.71 (34.13)
2:49.78 (35.07) 3:24.29 (34.51)
4:00.00 (35.71) 4:34.88 (34.88)
5:10.32 (35.44) 5:44.92 (34.60)
6:20.33 (35.41) 6:55.25 (34.92)
7:30.63 (35.38) 8:05.56 (34.93)
8:40.66 (35.10) 9:13.89 (33.23)
20 Shimomura, Sara 16 Unattached-PC 8:59.33 9:14.54 706
r:+0.79 31.41 1:05.24 (33.83)
1:39.55 (34.31) 2:14.13 (34.58)
2:48.73 (34.60) 3:23.56 (34.83)
3:59.10 (35.54) 4:34.55 (35.45)
5:10.14 (35.59) 5:45.92 (35.78)
6:21.75 (35.83) 6:57.20 (35.45)
7:31.80 (34.60) 8:06.19 (34.39)
8:41.14 (34.95) 9:14.54 (33.40)
21 Beetcher, Britt 15 Boulder Swimming 9:02.88 9:14.80 705
r:+0.77 31.45 1:05.31 (33.86)
1:40.15 (34.84) 2:15.05 (34.90)
2:49.95 (34.90) 3:24.76 (34.81)
4:00.30 (35.54) 4:35.45 (35.15)
5:10.62 (35.17) 5:45.97 (35.35)
6:21.42 (35.45) 6:56.70 (35.28)
7:32.13 (35.43) 8:07.06 (34.93)
8:41.87 (34.81) 9:14.80 (32.93)
22 Whited, Isabel 16 Arizona Gold Swi 8:56.94 9:16.11 700
r:+0.83 31.24 1:04.61 (33.37)
1:39.16 (34.55) 2:13.81 (34.65)
2:48.49 (34.68) 3:23.32 (34.83)
3:58.83 (35.51) 4:33.95 (35.12)
5:09.41 (35.46) 5:44.78 (35.37)
6:20.44 (35.66) 6:56.05 (35.61)
7:31.56 (35.51) 8:06.82 (35.26)
8:42.28 (35.46) 9:16.11 (33.83)
23 Navarro, Vicky 14 Boulder City Hen 9:31.21 9:16.70 698
r:+0.73 31.94 1:06.14 (34.20)
1:41.40 (35.26) 2:16.07 (34.67)
2:51.66 (35.59) 3:26.68 (35.02)
4:02.08 (35.40) 4:37.37 (35.29)
5:12.73 (35.36) 5:47.67 (34.94)
6:22.76 (35.09) 6:58.01 (35.25)
7:34.22 (36.21) 8:09.20 (34.98)
8:43.97 (34.77) 9:16.70 (32.73)
24 Lee, Easop 14 North Baltimore- 8:52.93 9:17.31 695
r:+0.77 31.54 1:05.34 (33.80)
1:39.62 (34.28) 2:14.31 (34.69)
2:49.64 (35.33) 3:24.86 (35.22)
4:01.06 (36.20) 4:36.89 (35.83)
5:13.16 (36.27) 5:48.38 (35.22)
6:23.39 (35.01) 6:58.86 (35.47)
7:34.43 (35.57) 8:09.51 (35.08)
8:44.86 (35.35) 9:17.31 (32.45)
25 Palomino, Adria 17 Arizona Gold Swi 9:58.87Y 9:17.54 694
r:+0.83 32.14 1:06.27 (34.13)
1:41.06 (34.79) 2:15.97 (34.91)
2:51.00 (35.03) 3:25.92 (34.92)
4:01.36 (35.44) 4:36.55 (35.19)
5:11.92 (35.37) 5:47.50 (35.58)
6:22.69 (35.19) 6:58.23 (35.54)
7:33.60 (35.37) 8:09.07 (35.47)
8:44.08 (35.01) 9:17.54 (33.46)
26 Sargent, Kay 15 Victor Swim Club 9:25.80 9:18.11 692
r:+0.78 31.81 1:05.81 (34.00)
1:32.86 (27.05) 2:15.50 (42.64)
2:51.05 (35.55) 3:26.09 (35.04)
4:01.66 (35.57) 4:37.02 (35.36)
5:13.46 (36.44) 5:48.79 (35.33)
6:24.73 (35.94) 7:00.14 (35.41)
7:35.85 (35.71) 8:10.58 (34.73)
8:45.36 (34.78) 9:18.11 (32.75)
27 Perez, Oriana 15 Venezuela 9:12.93 9:18.29 692
r:+0.79 32.22 1:06.06 (33.84)
1:41.06 (35.00) 2:15.28 (34.22)
2:51.01 (35.73) 3:25.82 (34.81)
4:01.50 (35.68) 4:36.18 (34.68)
5:12.13 (35.95) 5:47.12 (34.99)
6:23.12 (36.00) 6:57.91 (34.79)
7:34.24 (36.33) 8:09.20 (34.96)
8:44.81 (35.61) 9:18.29 (33.48)
28 Hemstreet, Karl 16 Nitro Swimming-S 8:56.12 9:18.53 691
r:+0.77 32.00 1:06.92 (34.92)
1:41.68 (34.76) 2:16.78 (35.10)
2:52.19 (35.41) 3:27.81 (35.62)
4:03.03 (35.22) 4:38.18 (35.15)
5:13.35 (35.17) 5:48.36 (35.01)
6:23.17 (34.81) 6:58.63 (35.46)
7:33.88 (35.25) 8:08.90 (35.02)
8:44.02 (35.12) 9:18.53 (34.51)
29 Preski, Alexis 16 Academy Bullets- 9:58.51Y 9:22.75 675
r:+0.76 31.96 1:06.96 (35.00)
1:42.31 (35.35) 2:17.32 (35.01)
2:52.54 (35.22) 3:27.53 (34.99)
4:03.28 (35.75) 4:38.43 (35.15)
5:14.26 (35.83) 5:49.52 (35.26)
6:25.11 (35.59) 7:00.55 (35.44)
7:36.49 (35.94) 8:12.22 (35.73)
8:47.98 (35.76) 9:22.75 (34.77)
30 Ferry, Grace 16 Dynamo Swim Club 10:01.91Y 9:25.10 667
r:+0.86 31.99 1:07.29 (35.30)
1:43.32 (36.03) 2:19.25 (35.93)
2:55.04 (35.79) 3:30.71 (35.67)
4:06.44 (35.73) 4:41.44 (35.00)
5:17.00 (35.56) 5:52.44 (35.44)
6:28.35 (35.91) 7:03.99 (35.64)
7:39.42 (35.43) 8:14.79 (35.37)
8:50.56 (35.77) 9:25.10 (34.54)
31 Erwin, Abbey 15 Boise YMCA Swim- 9:01.04 9:28.03 657
r:+0.85 32.48 1:07.11 (34.63)
1:42.86 (35.75) 2:18.15 (35.29)
2:54.26 (36.11) 3:29.63 (35.37)
4:06.01 (36.38) 4:41.80 (35.79)
5:18.55 (36.75) 5:54.63 (36.08)
6:31.08 (36.45) 7:06.67 (35.59)
7:42.77 (36.10) 8:18.54 (35.77)
8:54.26 (35.72) 9:28.03 (33.77)
32 Kowalski, Cecel 17 Mesa Aquatics Cl 10:03.34Y 9:32.67 641
r:+0.77 33.33 1:08.98 (35.65)
1:45.29 (36.31) 2:21.21 (35.92)
2:56.98 (35.77) 3:32.38 (35.40)
4:08.10 (35.72) 4:43.57 (35.47)
5:19.62 (36.05) 5:55.65 (36.03)
6:32.44 (36.79) 7:08.97 (36.53)
7:45.14 (36.17) 8:21.10 (35.96)
8:57.34 (36.24) 9:32.67 (35.33)
-- Pesetti, Sydney 17 Poseidon Swimmin 9:27.55 DFS
-- Boswell, Madiso 18 Poseidon Swimmin 9:52.33Y DFS
-- Toney, Camryn 14 Frisco Aquatics- 9:12.25 DFS
-- Kish, Mary Kath 18 Poseidon Swimmin 9:17.86 DFS
-- Simonovic, Kat 19 Serbia 9:07.21 NS