Race Footage: Katie Ledecky Can Swim Nearly Anything Freestyle With 200 Win

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MESA, Arizona, April 25. NCAP’s Katie Ledecky, the reigning Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year, sizzled at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa with a strong outing in the women’s 200-meter free.

Ledecky blasted a time of 1:56.27 for the 200 free win, moving 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 as Ledecky continues to put up strong performances.

NBAC’s Allison Schmitt powered her way to 1:56.90 for second, moving to eighth in the SwimVortex world rankings, as Ledecky and Schmitt battled during the championship heat.

Hurricane’s Katie Hoff led the way out of the rest of the heat with a third-place 1:59.93. NBAC’s Cierra Runge also broke 2:00 with a 1:59.99.

Virginia’s Leah Smith (2:00.27), NBAC’s Gillian Ryan (2:02.04), Mission Viejo’s Katie McLaughlin (2:02.67) and Athens Bulldog Megan Romano (2:02.79) also competed in the A final.

1 Ledecky, Katie 17 Nation’s Capital 1:59.08 1:56.27 917
r:+0.75 28.17 57.42 (29.25)
1:27.18 (29.76) 1:56.27 (29.09)
2 Schmitt, Alliso 23 North Baltimore- 1:59.92 1:56.90 902
r:+0.80 28.61 57.72 (29.11)
1:27.34 (29.62) 1:56.90 (29.56)
3 Hoff, Katie 24 Hurricane Aquati 1:59.95 1:59.93 836
r:+0.80 28.00 57.99 (29.99)
1:28.80 (30.81) 1:59.93 (31.13)
4 Runge, Cierra 18 North Baltimore- 2:00.76 1:59.99 834
r:+0.80 28.43 58.79 (30.36)
1:29.42 (30.63) 1:59.99 (30.57)
5 Smith, Leah 19 Unattached-VA 1:59.77 2:00.27 828
r:+0.81 28.32 58.61 (30.29)
1:29.74 (31.13) 2:00.27 (30.53)
6 Ryan, Gillian 18 North Baltimore- 2:00.50 2:02.04 793
r:+0.78 29.34 59.89 (30.55)
1:31.23 (31.34) 2:02.04 (30.81)
7 McLaughlin, Kat 16 Unattached-CA 2:01.66 2:02.67 781
r:+0.78 29.14 1:00.21 (31.07)
1:31.99 (31.78) 2:02.67 (30.68)
8 Romano, Megan 23 Athens Bulldog S 2:01.57 2:02.79 778
r:+0.79 28.77 59.15 (30.38)
1:31.06 (31.91) 2:02.79 (31.73)

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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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