Olympic Star Katie Ledecky Tunes Up at Virginia Long Course Championships

OAKTON, Virginia, May 24. OLYMPIC gold medalist Katie Ledecky decided she could use a tune up this weekend, and entered the Virginia Long Course Championships being held in Oakton, Va.

After swimming in a trio of events during prelims this morning, she focused on just one swim tonight – the women’s 200-meter fly. With just one swim on her agenda, she raced her way to a lifetime best as she clocked a 2:15.62 in the event. That’s much better than the 2:17.85 she posted at this event last year for NCAP.

This morning, Ledecky checked in with a 2:18.40 in the 200 fly while also clocking a 26.37 in the 50-meter free and a 1:59.06 in the 200-meter free. She’s already clocked a fifth-ranked 1:56.30 in the 200-meter free at the Mesa stop of the Grand Prix, and didn’t need to put up a better time today.

Her 50, on the other hand, also delivered another lifetime best. The world-record holder in the 800 and 1500 freestyle events doesn’t often get a chance to show off her sprinter speed. The time this morning beat her previous best of 27.52 from 2011.

Not a bad way to take a bit of a victory lap after making her commitment to Stanford public a week ago.

Full results 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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