Katie Ledecky Adds Two More Wins In 200 Free, 400 IM At The Woodlands Senior Invite

SHENANDOAH, Texas, June 21. KATIE Ledecky added two more individual victories in the women’s 200 free and 400 IM tonight, just missing her season best in the 200 free and recording a new personal best in the 400 IM during the third evening of finals at The Woodlands Senior Invite in Shenandoah.

Meaghan Wisenbaker of The Woodlands got the night started with a narrow victory in the women’s 100 fly. Wisenbaker finished in 1:04.10 to just touch out Marlins of Raleigh’s Caroline Mitchell, who came in at 1:04.18. Dorothy Halmy, also from The Woodlands, rounded out the top three in 1:04.44. In the men’s race, Tripp Cooper kept the ball rolling for The Woodlands with a first place effort of 54.39. Sascha Subarsky of Rose Bowl touched second in 55.01, with PX3’s Steve Yemm in third at 56.30.

Ledecky continued her strong meet with another win, this time in the 200 free. Ledecky posted a time of 1:56.45 for the victory, just off her season best of 1:56.27 from the Mesa Grand Prix in April. Eryn Eddy of Loveland finished a distant second in 2:03.73, while NCAP’s Isabella Rongione rounded out the top three in 2:05.40. Carter Griffin of the Denver Hilltoppers got to the wall first in the men’s 200 free, as he touched in 1:54.80 to top NCAP’s Matthew Hirschberger (1:55.46) by about six tenths. Nic Munoz of The Woodlands claimed third in 1:55.83.

In the women’s 100 back final, Bridgette McNally of the Denver Hilltoppers passed Jennifer Reese of The Woodlands down the stretch to take the win, 1:05.37 to 1:05.50. Carly Pratt, also of The Woodlands, swam a 1:06.01 to finish third. Meanwhile, Carter Griffin of the Denver Hilltoppers earned his second victory of the night with a 56.19 in the men’s event. Will Countie of Marlins of Raleigh finished more than two and a half seconds back in 58.86, while Ryan Ball of Loveland picked up third in 59.06.

Ledecky put her versatility on display with an outstanding effort of 4:43.92 in the women’s 400 IM. That ranks 33rd in the world this year and is a personal best for Ledecky. Her previous best time had been a 5:00.29 from the Virginia Long Course State Championships in 2011. Haley Rowley of the Denver Hilltoppers touched second in 4:54.66, while Isabella Rongione picked up another podium finish with a third place effort of 4:58.29. Justin Ress of the Marlins of Raleigh dominated the men’s 400 IM final, winning by almost five seconds in 4:31.60. Ryan Ball of Loveland finished in 4:36.08 for second, while Gavin Springer of Nation’s Capital came in third at 4:37.64.

After winning the 50 breast last night, Loveland’s Morgan Friesen swept the sprint breaststroke events with a 1:12.58 in the women’s 100 breast. Kirsten Vose of Rose Bowl touched second in 1:13.01, while Brooke Hansen of Loveland stopped the clock in 1:13.95 for third. Silas Dejean of Crawfish Aquatics claimed the men’s 100 breast title with a 1:04.88, comfortably ahead of The Woodlands’ Ryan Sorensen (1:06.55). Nick Hatanaka of Loveland hit the wall third in 1:06.77.

Loveland’s quartet of Bayley Stewart, Morgan Friesen, Brooke Hansen and Eryn Eddy brought home the women’s 400 medley relay victory in 4:22.43, just ahead of Rose Bowl’s 4:23.74. Nation’s Capital came in third at 4:26.37. Rose Bowl captured the men’s 400 medley relay title in a nail-biter over the Denver Hilltoppers as Michael Forbes, Wesley Chang, Sascha Subarsky and Corey John prevailed, 3:57.44 to 3:57.48. Crawfish Aquatics took third in 4:00.48.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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