National High School Record in 200 Free For Katie Ledecky

GERMANTOWN, Maryland, February 8. A day after wowing the world with a stunning American record in the 500-yard freestyle, Katie Ledecky downed another national standard at the D.C. Metro high school championships. This time it was in the 200 freestyle.

Ledecky’s time of 1:42.38 took down a tough Dagny Knutson overall national high school record, which had stood at 1:42.81 since 2008. Incidentally, Ledecky’s swim is also the independent high school record, so Knutson’s time remains as the national public school record.

After an amazing 4:28.71 in yesterday’s 500, the swimming community had hopes for another big swim in the 200 free, particularly Megan Romano’s American record of 1:41.21. Though off her lifetime best of 1:42.03 from last December’s USA Swimming nationals, it is now the fastest ever swum in a high school competition.

Ledecky’s splits:

24.21
50.12 (25.91)
1:16.34 (26.22)
1:42.38 (26.04)

Ledecky will race in the 500 free finals later in the session and challenge her prelim swim.

National Records for High School Are Pending Application Verification With NISCA

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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