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Katie Ledecky posted another quick 800 free to once again win a national title and lead the world rankings. Ledecky posted an 8:11.50 to win the race ahead of Virginia’s Leah Smith, who finished second at 8:20.46. Smith is now second in the world rankings this year to go just ahead of China’s Li Bingjie (8:20.89).
Ledecky makes her third straight World Championships team while Smith makes her second. Ledecky is the two-time defending World Champion in the 800 and it doesn’t look like anyone will stop her moving forward.
NC State’s Hannah Moore had a really good swim to finish second at 8:27.58. Wisconsin’s Cierra Runge (8:32.16), Magnolia’s Joy Field (8:33.95), Purdue’s Kaersten Meitz (8:34.30), Saint Petersburg’s Summer Finke (8:34.63) and Stanford’s Leah Stevens (8:34.78) rounded out the top eight.