Katie Ledecky Clips American Record in 500 Free at OSU Invite

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Photo Courtesy: Stanford Athletics

By Dan D’Addona

In her first collegiate invitational, Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky has lowered one of her own American records. In Friday night’s final of the 500 free at the Ohio State Invitational, Ledecky posted a 4:26.46, just getting under her previous mark of 4:26.58 set last year.

Ledecky also broke her own NCAA record, set in the morning prelims at 4:27.54. The only woman to ever crack the 4:30-barrier, Ledecky now owns the eight fastest times ever in the event.

Kentucky’s Genna Freriks finished second to Ledecky but almost 14 seconds back in 4:40.42. Megan Byrnes, one of Ledecky’s classmates at Stanford, was third at 4:41.25.

Stanford’s Lia Neal, Simone Manuel, Janet Hu and Ally Howe won the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.72). Howe, Kim Williams, Hu and Manuel won the 400 medley relay (3:29.63).

Ohio State’s Liz Li set a meet record in the 50 freestyle (21.70), earning a spot at the 2017 NCAA Championships. She bested her time of 21.72 from last weekend at the USA College Challenge and set the top time of the season in the country. She beat out Manuel (21.82).

Ella Eastin won the 200 IM in 1:54.06, hanging on to beat Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt (1:55.33).

In the men’s meet, Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle, Mossimo Chavez, Andrew Appleby and Matt McHugh won the 200 freestyle relay (1:19.63). McHugh, Michael Eaton, Michael Salazar and Fleagle won’t he 400 medley relay (3:10.06).

OSU’s Ching Lim won the 200 IM (1:51.13) to edge Utah’s Ethan Dillard (1:51.42).

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6 years ago

#nerdnation

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6 years ago

Lisa Anne look at how much of her back is above the water

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6 years ago

She is swimming great ?

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6 years ago

Tamsyn Peterson

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6 years ago

Nice bathing suit!

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6 years ago

She is in another world – what amazing times. Many many congrats !

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