Katie Ledecky Takes Down 400 IM American Record at Pac-12 Championships — Race Video

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Katie Ledecky trailed Stanford teammate Ella Eastin at the 300-yard mark as the two went head-to-head in the 400 IM at the women’s Pac-12 championships, but then Ledecky unleashed her freestyle. Ledecky split a ridiculous 52.67 on the way home and pulled into the wall in 3:57.68.

That beat the previous American record of 3:57.89 set by Caitlin Leverenz at the 2012 NCAA championships. Ledecky also improved to second all-time in the event, behind only Katinka Hosszu’s NCAA and U.S. Open record of 3:56.54, also set at the 2012 NCAA championships.

Watch the finish of Ledecky’s race here:

Eastin ended up finishing second in 4:00.96, just off the 4:00.36 she swam at the Ohio State Invite in November that had ranked first in the nation this season before Ledecky’s outburst.

Stanford completed the sweep with Allie Szekely, who touched in 4:02.34. That time ranks fourth in the country this season, behind Ledecky, Eastin and Texas’ Madisyn Cox, who swam a 4:01.15 earlier in the evening.

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ledecky, Katie         FR STAN-PC           4:01.92    3:57.68   32  
       26.03    29.15    30.89    29.44
       34.74    34.76    26.91    25.76
  2 Eastin, Ella           SO STAN-PC           4:03.13    4:00.96   28  
       25.99    29.30    30.06    29.92
       34.39    34.57    28.47    28.26
  3 Szekely, Allie         FR STAN-PC           4:02.70    4:02.34   27  
       25.86    29.36    29.95    29.27
       34.92    35.39    28.92    28.67
  4 Cox, Hannah            FR ARIZ-AZ           4:10.11    4:07.96   26  
       26.32    30.31    31.46    30.67
       35.87    36.64    28.69    28.00
  5 Li, Celina             SR CAL-PC            4:09.29    4:09.49   25  
       26.02    29.66    31.03    31.48
       35.54    36.84    29.72    29.20
  6 Stevens, Leah          SO STAN-PC           4:09.21    4:10.00   24  
       27.07    31.02    31.66    31.24
       35.99    35.89    28.60    28.53
  7 Schanz, Emma           SO UCLA-CA           4:11.75    4:12.10   23  
       27.92    31.68    31.75    30.75
       35.32    35.36    29.96    29.36
  8 Ross, Marlies          SO ASU-AZ            4:12.03    4:12.67   22  
       26.57    31.12    32.27    31.61
       34.98    35.86    30.86    29.40
24 Comments

24 comments

    • Beth Capobianco-Tally

      What the? Since when does she do I’m? The 400 I’m is hardest raise in swim; did you notice how out of breath she was?

  1. Heidi Ho

    Laurie Ann O’Shea

  2. Halim Yussuf

    Ledecky is creating a legend, that one day, will rival that of Phelps’.

  3. Nancy Petrick

    Is there anything she can’t do? Wow!

  4. avatar

    She was pretty conservative in the first 100. She has more. I see a 3:54 in the near future. Three more year swimming in yard pools — tall girl with speed, tougheer than nails, huge suit compared to the guys, great aerobic base and continues to improve her strokes each season. Really really hard to beat. Oh and a great student too. Congratulations Katie! You are inspiration to all of us!

  5. Mica Botha

    Phenomenal swimmer!

  6. Colm Joyce

    Denise Marion Mc Kinney is this Mia in her 400I.M. This morning?

  7. Paul Griffin

    Looking forward to seeing her in the worlds in Budapest. With Phelps and Bolt gone, she will be the main star of the Tokyo Olympics.

Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer. A contributor to Swimming World since 2009, he has covered NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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