Katie Ledecky Cracks Top 5 in World in 200 Free at PV State Champs

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 18. SUPERSTAR Katie Ledecky keeps turning heads, and she did it again tonight at the Potomac Valley Long Course State Championships in Maryland.

Ledecky blasted her way to a sterling time of 1:55.79 in the women’s 200-meter free. That swim moved her from sixth in the world with a 1:56.27 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Grand Prix to fourth in the world. Only Sarah Sjostrom (1:55.04), Emma McKeon (1:55.68) and Federica Pellegrini (1:55.69) have been faster this year. Leah Smith finished second in 1:58.2, while Hanna Borgersen turned in a third-place 2:01.98.

Cassidy Bayer, 14, gave the 13-14 National Age Group record a run in the women’s 100-meter fly with a 59.75 for the win. That’s just off Kendyl Stewart’s 2009 mark of 59.51. Ellen Williamson took home second-place honors in 59.88 with Janet Hu placing third in 1:00.43.

Jack Conger clinched the men’s 200-meter free in 1:49.97 with Andrew Seliskar chasing down second in 1:50.92. Rodney Fentress placed third overall in 1:55.02. Seliskar returned with a 54.32 to win the men’s 100-meter fly. Ben Southern took second in 56.17 with Colin Schwartz placing third in 57.00.

Jenna Van Camp cruised to victory in the women’s 100-meter breast with a 1:10.34 with Natalie Martin taking second in 1:13.14. Jaycee Yegher earned third in 1:13.99. Molly Kowal clinched the women’s 400-meter IM in 4:55.26. Megan Byrnes (4:55.67) and Kylie Jordan (4:55.83) closed out the close finish in the distance medley.

Carsten Vissering hit the wall in 1:03.18 to edge Andrew Schuehler (1:03.21) for the men’s 100-meter breast title. Patrick Olson earned third-place honors in 1:03.95. Andrew Gemmell claimed the men’s 400-meter IM title in 4:26.96. Austin Quinn (4:31.77) and Cory Camp (4:34.27) finished second and third.

Full results are on Meet Mobile.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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