Katie Ledecky Posts 8:07.27 800 Free; Erica Sullivan Goes 8:30.15

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After shattering the World Record in the 1500 and the U.S. Open mark in the 400 freestyle, Katie Ledecky will be back in the water on the final night of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Indianapolis in the 800 distance. She owns the top seed in the event as does Club Wolverine’s Felix Auboeck who will be heavily challenged by Mission Viejo’s Zane Grothe.

After posting the top time in this morning’s prelims, Katie Drabot will not be competing the 200 butterfly in tonight’s finals. Veteran Hali Flickinger will look to secure the win in this event. Other top seeds include Chase Kalisz in the 200 fly, Indiana duo Lilly King and Cody Miller in the 100 breaststroke, Ali Deloof and Jacob Pebley in the 100 backstroke and Melanie Margalis and Daniel Sos in the 200 IM.

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Women’s 800 Freestyle

After wins in the 200, 400 and 1500 freestyles, Katie Ledecky warned her final win of the meet in the 800 distance. Her time of 8:07.27 was just over half a second off her U.S. Open and Pro Swim Series records from 2016. Both her opening and closing 200 splits were two minutes, coming in at 2:00.63 and 2:00.75, helping her beat the field by over twenty seconds.

17-year-old Erica Sullivan swam to lifetime best 8:30.15 to take runner up honors, moving her nineteenth on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 Times for this event in the 17-18 age group. Additionally, the time puts her fourteenth in this event in the world rankings this year, one spot behind American distance star Ashley Twichell.

Sullivan had enough to hold off a charging Ally McHugh in the back half. McHugh took third just behind in 8:30.23. Megan Byrnes (8:35.06), Ashley Neidigh (8:38.10), Sierra Schmidt (8:38.36), Madelyn Donohoe (8:38.62) and Cassy Jernberg (8:42.08) rounded out the top eight.

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5 years ago

For the Love!! #BadAss

5 years ago

Mowgli Ledecky

5 years ago

Such an amazing swimmer!

5 years ago

Winning by 23 seconds is ridiculous. Wow

5 years ago