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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 6. IN a flip from the finish of the women’s 500 free at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals, California’s Missy Franklin went out fast and would not be caught by NCAP’s Katie Ledecky in the shorter distance freestyle.
Franklin blitzed the meet record with a top time of 1:41.40, just missing Megan Roman’s American and U.S. Open record of 1:41.21 from March 2012. That’s the second time under 1:42 for Franklin as the 2012 World Swimmer of the Year took down her lifetime best of 1:41.81 from March this year.
Ledecky, this year’s World Swimmer of the Year, took down the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record with a second-place 1:42.03. That nearly moved her right through the 1:42s as her previous best had been a 1:42.96 from February of this year. Her time tonight undercut Dagny Knutson’s sizzling 1:42.81 15-16 U.S. NAG set back in 2008 as Ledecky is just 16 years old herself.
California’s Elizabeth Pelton had her own race going on for third against Tennessee’s Lindsay Gendron, as she picked up third, 1:44.71 to 1:44.79.
California’s Caroline Piehl (1:45.26), Ohio State’s Sam Cheverton (1:45.44), California’s Camille Cheng (1:45.67) and California’s Rachael Acker (1:48.60) comprised the rest of the Golden Bear-filled finale. Indiana’s Haley Lips pocketed the B final win in 1:45.96.