(Video Interview) Katie Ledecky Talks About Lifetime Best In Unconventional Double

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NCAP’s Katie Ledecky pulled off an unconventional double for the best distance swimmer of all time.

At the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando, Ledecky turned in an lifetime best in the 200 IM and took third in the 100 free.

Original 200 IM report:

Stanford’s Maya DiRado won her third title of the meet with a sizzler in the women’s 200-meter IM at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando.

DiRado hit the wall in a scorching 2:10.77 to move to third in the world behind Katinka Hosszu’s 2:07.69 from earlier today and Sakiko Shimizu’s second-ranked 2:10.51.  DiRado’s previous best this year had been her prelim 2:13.65.

Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis raced her way into second in the finale with a time of 2:11.72 to move to third in the world, while BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel took third in 2:12.43 for seventh in the world rankings in what was a truly fast final heat.

Trojan’s Yuliya Efimova, a breaststroke specialist, even moved into the action with a fourth-place 2:12.96 to move into the top 15.

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky smashed her lifetime best of 2:15.10 with a 2:14.36 for fifth overall.

Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen (2:16.36), Gator’s Hilda Luthersdottir (2:16.93) and Irish’s Emma Reaney (2:17.50) also competed in the finale.

SSST’s Stina Gardell won the B final in a time of 2:15.899.  Theresa Michalak placed second in 2:16.44.

                          === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 DiRado, Maya     22 Stanford Swimmin  2:13.65    2:10.77 NATS   
                 28.93      1:01.26 (32.33)
        1:40.22 (38.96)     2:10.77 (30.55)
  2 Margalis, Melan  24 Saint Petersburg  2:15.18    2:11.72 NATS   
                 29.08      1:03.09 (34.01)
        1:40.75 (37.66)     2:11.72 (30.97)
  3 Beisel, Elizabe  23 ABF-NE            2:14.02    2:12.43 NATS   
                 29.56      1:03.35 (33.79)
        1:41.21 (37.86)     2:12.43 (31.22)
  4 Efimova, Yuliya  23 Trojan Swim Club  2:15.84    2:12.96 NATS   
                 29.42      1:03.82 (34.40)
        1:39.80 (35.98)     2:12.96 (33.16)
  5 Ledecky, Katie   18 Nation's Capital  2:15.90    2:14.36 NATS   
                 29.25      1:04.69 (35.44)
        1:44.81 (40.12)     2:14.36 (29.55)
  6 Nguyen, Vien     19 Unattached-FL     2:17.08    2:16.36 NATS   
                 29.38      1:04.21 (34.83)
        1:44.37 (40.16)     2:16.36 (31.99)
  7 Luthersdottir,   24 Gator Swim Club-  2:16.39    2:16.93 NATS   
                 29.92      1:05.03 (35.11)
        1:43.99 (38.96)     2:16.93 (32.94)
  8 Reaney, Emma     23 Irish Aquatics-I  2:17.43    2:17.50 NATS   
                 29.34      1:05.80 (36.46)
        1:45.01 (39.21)     2:17.50 (32.49)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Gardell, Stina   25 TeaSpårvägen-U  2:17.90    2:15.99 NATS   
                 29.44      1:04.15 (34.71)
        1:44.34 (40.19)     2:15.99 (31.65)
 10 Small, Meghan    17 York YMCA-MA      2:17.45    2:16.44 NATS   
                 29.83      1:04.34 (34.51)
        1:44.48 (40.14)     2:16.44 (31.96)
 10 Michalak, There  23 Unattached-SE     2:18.48    2:16.44 NATS   
                 30.49      1:04.81 (34.32)
        1:44.51 (39.70)     2:16.44 (31.93)
 12 Bardach, Virgin  23 Argentina-US      2:19.59    2:18.16 NATS   
                 29.85      1:06.40 (36.55)
        1:45.26 (38.86)     2:18.16 (32.90)
 13 Belousova, Anna  19 Nation's Capital  2:19.19    2:18.39 NATS   
                 30.97      1:06.89 (35.92)
        1:45.31 (38.42)     2:18.39 (33.08)
 14 Teijonsalo, Fan  20 Una Swim-FL       2:19.11    2:19.89 JRS    
                 28.97      1:06.05 (37.08)
        1:46.17 (40.12)     2:19.89 (33.72)
 15 Kastigar, Hanna  20 ASC-SD            2:20.87    2:20.30 JRS    
                 30.76      1:06.50 (35.74)
        1:47.69 (41.19)     2:20.30 (32.61)
 16 Vreeland, Shann  24 Athens Bulldog S  2:19.26    2:21.19 JRS    
                 29.72      1:06.01 (36.29)
        1:49.36 (43.35)     2:21.19 (31.83)

Original 100 free report:

Stanford’s Simone Manuel powered to the win in the women’s 100-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando.

Manuel posted a top time of 54.27 to move into a 10th-ranked tie with Jeanette Ottesen in the world rankings.

NBAC’s Allison Schmitt turned in a second-place time with a 54.56 to move into the top 20 in the world.

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky, a future teammate of Manuel at Stanford, wound up third in 54.67.  She’s been faster this year with a fifth-ranked 53.75 from the Austin stop of the Series.  In fact, she’s the fastest American this year.

Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia (55.00), Trojan’s Katarzyna Wilk (55.33), Stanford’s Felicia Lee (55.64), California’s Natalie Coughlin (55.79) and Colorado Stars’ Missy Franklin (55.83) comprised the rest of a loaded finale.

SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy claimed the B final with a time of 54.92.  Gator’s Isabel Ivey, just 15, took second in 55.71.

                          === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Manuel, Simone   19 Stanford Swimmin    54.69      54.27 OLY    
                 26.45        54.27 (27.82)
  2 Schmitt, Alliso  25 North Baltimore-    55.45      54.56 OLY    
                 26.71        54.56 (27.85)
  3 Ledecky, Katie   18 Nation's Capital    54.87      54.67 OLY    
                 27.04        54.67 (27.63)
  4 Herasimenia, Al  30 Belarus-US          55.30      55.00 OLY    
                 26.51        55.00 (28.49)
  5 Wilk, Katarzyna  23 Una Troj-CA         55.36      55.33 OLY    
                 26.53        55.33 (28.80)
  6 Lee, Felicia     23 Stanford Swimmin    55.69      55.64 OLY    
                 27.26        55.64 (28.38)
  7 Coughlin, Natal  33 California Aquat    55.65      55.79 OLY    
                 26.91        55.79 (28.88)
  8 Franklin, Missy  20 CO Stars-CO         55.31      55.83 OLY    
                 27.26        55.83 (28.57)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Kennedy, Madiso  28 SwimMAC Carolina    55.76      54.92 OLY    
                 26.30        54.92 (28.62)
 10 Ivey, Isabel     15 Gator Swim Club-    55.83      55.71 OLY    
                 26.82        55.71 (28.89)
 11 Medeiros, Etien  24 Brazil-US           55.83      55.92 OLY    
                 26.74        55.92 (29.18)
 12 Martin, Ivy      22 Wisconsin Aquati    55.92      56.08 OLY    
                 26.82        56.08 (29.26)
 13 Lyrio, Manuella  26 Brazil-US           56.30      56.30 OLY    
                 27.22        56.30 (29.08)
 14 Becker, Daiane   24 Fiat Minas-US       56.60      56.34 OLY    
                 27.34        56.34 (29.00)
 15 Vreeland, Shann  24 Athens Bulldog S    56.07      56.66 JRS    
                 27.74        56.66 (28.92)
 16 Ruck, Taylor     15 Scottsdale Aquat    55.85      57.00 JRS    
                 27.16        57.00 (29.84)
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  1. Xcell Swimming

    this girl is the real deal USA swimming

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