Katie Ledecky Powers Way To 200 Free Pool Record at 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Minneapolis

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NCAP’s Katie Ledecky powered her way to the pool record in the women’s 200-meter free at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Minneapolis.

Ledecky surged to a blazing time of 1:55.37.  That swim eclipsed the pool record of 1:55.82 set by Allison Schmitt back in 2011.

Ledecky’s time was just off her sizzling fourth-ranked season best of 1:55.16 from the World Championships as she continued to put her foot down as the best swimmer in the world.

Only Sarah Sjostrom (1:54.31), Femke Heemskerk (1:54.68) and Federica Pellegrini (1:55.00) have been faster this year.

Colorado Stars’ Missy Franklin put up a pretty strong 1:56.73 of her own to take second. That’s a second back of her sixth-ranked best of 1:55.49 from Worlds this summer as well.

Schmitt claimed the third spot on the podium with a time of 1:57.27.

Virginia’s Leah Smith (1:57.79), Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis (1:58.11), NBAC’s Cierra Runge (1:59.15), California’s Camille Cheng (1:59.85) and Aggie’s Sarah Henry (2:01.15) also competed in the championship heat.

Mission Viejo’s Stephanie Peacock walked away with the B final victory with a time of 1:59.93 in what proved to be an incredibly close consolation heat.  Bulldog’s Shannon Vreeland took second in 2:00.04 with California’s Katie McLaughlin earning third in 2:00.14. Badger’s Lindsay Vrooman was also in the mix with a 2:00.17 as was NBAC’s Becca Mann with a 2:00.21.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ledecky, Katie   18 Nation's Capital  1:57.39    1:55.37POT     
             27.75        56.56 (28.81)
        1:26.18 (29.62)     1:55.37 (29.19)
  2 Franklin, Missy  20 Colorado Stars-C  1:59.17    1:56.73 OT     
             50.89         57.07 (6.18)
        1:56.73 (59.66)                    
  3 Schmitt, Alliso  25 North Baltimore-  1:59.20    1:57.28 OT     
             28.15        57.64 (29.49)
        1:27.43 (29.79)     1:57.28 (29.85)
  4 Smith, Leah      20 Unattached-VA     1:58.13    1:57.79 OT     
             28.15        57.90 (29.75)
        1:28.02 (30.12)     1:57.79 (29.77)
  5 Margalis, Melan  23 Saint Petersburg  1:59.33    1:58.11 OT     
             28.70        58.62 (29.92)
        1:28.55 (29.93)     1:58.11 (29.56)
  6 Runge, Cierra    19 North Baltimore-  1:59.64    1:59.15 OT     
             28.60        58.89 (30.29)
        1:28.99 (30.10)     1:59.15 (30.16)
  7 Cheng, Camille   22 California Aquat  2:00.26    1:59.85 OT     
             27.73        57.82 (30.09)
        1:28.47 (30.65)     1:59.85 (31.38)
  8 Henry, Sarah     23 Aggie Swim Club-  2:00.14    2:01.15 OT     
             29.10      1:00.02 (30.92)
        1:30.63 (30.61)     2:01.15 (30.52)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Peacock, Stepha  23 Mission Viejo Na  2:01.26    1:59.93 OT     
             28.89        59.79 (30.90)
        1:29.99 (30.20)     1:59.93 (29.94)
 10 Vreeland, Shann  23 Athens Bulldog S  2:00.79    2:00.04 OT     
             28.57        59.22 (30.65)
        1:29.75 (30.53)     2:00.04 (30.29)
 11 McLaughlin, Kat  18 Univ California,  2:00.41    2:00.14 OT     
             28.44        58.98 (30.54)
        1:29.98 (31.00)     2:00.14 (30.16)
 12 Vrooman, Lindsa  24 Badger Swim Club  2:00.49    2:00.17 OT     
             28.74        59.26 (30.52)
        1:30.01 (30.75)     2:00.17 (30.16)
 13 Mann, Becca      17 North Baltimore-  2:00.60    2:00.21 OT     
             28.97        59.56 (30.59)
        1:30.11 (30.55)     2:00.21 (30.10)
 14 Kneppers, Andre  22 Univ Louisville-  2:00.58    2:00.52 OT     
                              58.80 ( )
      2:00.52 (1:01.72)                    
 15 Manuel, Simone   19 Unattached-PC     2:00.69    2:00.79 OT     
             28.50        59.44 (30.94)
        1:30.10 (30.66)     2:00.79 (30.69)
 16 Comerford, Mall  18 Univ Louisville-  2:00.98    2:00.81 OT     
             28.31        58.77 (30.46)
        1:30.00 (31.23)     2:00.81 (30.81)

SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Men’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
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