Katie Ledecky Clocks 8th-Fastest 400 Free Ever at IU Bucceto Open

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Day two finals of the IU Bucceto Open and Katie Ledecky seems to be on her way to a new world best. Ledecky posted a 4:01.81 in the 400-meter free to win the event, dropping 1.86 seconds from her prelims time of 4:03.67. Her time of 4:01.81 is only 1.34 seconds off her world best of 4:00.47 swum earlier this year in Austin.

Looking at her splits Ledecky could very well be on her way to a new world best for 2015 and possibly even a new world record.

Katie Ledecky’s 400-Meter Free Splits

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That swim actually stands eighth-fastest all time, just clearing the 4:01.95 posted by Ledecky at the Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.  Ledecky now owns six of the top 10 times ever.

Kelsi Worrell and Ledecky faced off in the women’s 100-meter free but it was Worrell who took home the win. Despite Ledecky having a faster back-half of the race, Worrell’s 26.57 split at the first turn was enough to hold off Ledecky and claim the win with a 55.23. Ledecky touched close behind with a 55.48.

Worrell and Ledecky’s Splits

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The men’s 100-meter free went to Blake Pieroni who cruised to a 50.66. Kyle DeCoursey finished second with a 52.18, while Trevor Carroll was third with a 52.26.

Hannah Kukurugya was the winner of the women’s 200-meter fly with a swift 2:11.86, finishing 2.83 seconds ahead of the competition. Isabella Rongione took second with a 2:14.69, and Gia Dalesandro was third with a 2:15.70.

Zach Harting cruised to a win in the men’s 200-meter fly finishing with a time of 2:03.20, dropping 5.06 seconds off his prelims time of 2:08.26. Max Irwin claimed second with a 2:07.60, and Grant Lewis rounded out the top three with a 2:08.96.

Rachel Matsumura was the champion of the women’s 200-meter back with a time of 2:15.60, a 4.99 second drop from her prelims time of 2:20.59. Claire Adams took second with a 2:16.55, while Ashley LeClair was third with a 2:17.30.

In the men’s 200-meter back Nolan Tesone grabbed first with a 2:06.18. Logan Oatman (2:08.68) and Curtis Goss (2:10.89) were second and third respectively.

The men’s 400-meter free turned out to be a close race with Andrew Gemmell and Matthew Hirschberger finishing .07 seconds apart. Gemmell claimed the win with a 3:58.17, while Hirschberger finished close behind with a 3:58.24. Pieroni was third with a 4:03.10.

The 400-meter free relay team of Trude Rothrock (58.98), Veronica Burchill (57.40), Emma Nordin (57.77) and Claire Adams (58.47) from Carmel Swim Club claimed victory in the women’s 400-meter free relay with a time finishing time of 3:52.62. Indiana University Swim Team took second with a time of 3:56.24, while the ‘B’ relay from Carmel took third with a 3:59.24.

On the men’s side it was the relay team of Cameron Gelwicks (55.16), Conner Gelwicks (54.79), Tyler Harmon (54.57) and DeCoursey (51.84) from Zionsville Swim Club who took the win with a time of 3:36.36. Indiana University Swim Team was second with a 3:38.27, while Michiana Stars finished third with a 3:42.13.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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