Katie Ledecky Cruises to 4:02.71 in 400 Free in Knoxville

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Katie Ledecky has not been beaten in the 400 free since the 2012 Olympic Trials, and on the domestic level, none of those races over six years have been close. This time in Knoxville, Ledecky swam a time of 4:02.71, seven seconds ahead of runner-up Hali Flickinger. The win was Ledecky’s third of the meet after earning wins in the 200 free and 400 IM Thursday.

Flickinger, representing Athens Bulldogs, touched second in 4:09.75, edging out training partner Melanie Margalis (4:11.84). TAC Titans’ Ashley Twichell took fourth in 4:11.84, and ASU’s Becca Mann was fifth (4:13.96).

Others in the field included Club Wolverine’s Gabby DeLoof (4:14.68), Sandpipers’ Erica Sullivan (4:15.74) and Northern Kentucky Clippers’ Mariah Denigan (4:20.17).

Event 23  Women 400 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 3:56.46  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
     American: A 3:56.46  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
    U.S. Open: O 3:57.94  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     Jr World: J 3:58.37  8/23/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
     Pro Swim: P 3:57.94  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimmin
    Trial Cut: T 4:16.89
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Katie Ledecky    21 Nation's Capital  4:05.53    4:02.71T  924  
    r:+0.67  28.20        58.22 (30.02)
        1:28.90 (30.68)     1:59.65 (30.75)
        2:30.73 (31.08)     3:01.87 (31.14)
        3:32.59 (30.72)     4:02.71 (30.12)
  2 Hali Flickinger  24 Athens Bulldog S  4:15.19    4:09.75T  848  
    r:+0.74  29.60      1:01.31 (31.71)
        1:33.06 (31.75)     2:04.87 (31.81)
        2:36.98 (32.11)     3:08.80 (31.82)
        3:40.13 (31.33)     4:09.75 (29.62)
  3 Melanie Margali  27 Saint Petersburg  4:16.17    4:09.93T  846  
    r:+0.70  29.38      1:00.64 (31.26)
        1:32.51 (31.87)     2:04.55 (32.04)
        2:36.54 (31.99)     3:08.28 (31.74)
        3:39.83 (31.55)     4:09.93 (30.10)
  4 Ashley Twichell  29 Tac Titans        4:13.44    4:11.84T  827  
    r:+0.73  29.86      1:01.15 (31.29)
        1:32.88 (31.73)     2:04.76 (31.88)
        2:36.80 (32.04)     3:08.77 (31.97)
        3:40.76 (31.99)     4:11.84 (31.08)
  5 Becca Mann       21 Una Asu           4:14.97    4:13.96T  807  
    r:+0.77  30.05      1:01.64 (31.59)
        1:33.85 (32.21)     2:05.87 (32.02)
        2:38.22 (32.35)     3:10.51 (32.29)
        3:42.68 (32.17)     4:13.96 (31.28)
  6 Gabby Deloof     22 Club Wolverine    4:14.52    4:14.68T  800  
    r:+0.71  29.82      1:02.00 (32.18)
        1:33.63 (31.63)     2:05.69 (32.06)
        2:37.38 (31.69)     3:09.48 (32.10)
        3:42.50 (33.02)     4:14.68 (32.18)
  7 Erica Sullivan   18 Sandpipers Of Ne  4:15.77    4:15.74T  790  
    r:+0.66  29.72      1:01.59 (31.87)
        1:33.87 (32.28)     2:06.23 (32.36)
        2:38.92 (32.69)     3:11.45 (32.53)
        3:43.93 (32.48)     4:15.74 (31.81)
  8 Mariah Denigan   15 Northern KY Clip  4:16.87    4:20.17   750  
    r:+0.71  30.18      1:02.52 (32.34)
        1:35.59 (33.07)     2:08.63 (33.04)
        2:41.31 (32.68)     3:14.30 (32.99)
        3:47.39 (33.09)     4:20.17 (32.78)