Katie Ledecky Takes Down American and NCAA Records in 500 Free

Photo Courtesy: Chuckarelei / Pac-12

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky demolished her own American and NCAA records in the women’s 500 free Thursday night at the Pac-12 championships in Federal Way, Wash. Ledecky touched in 4:25.15, obliterating her previous top mark of 4:26.46 set at the Ohio State Invite in November.

Ledecky was never challenged and finished 20 meters ahead of the field. Ledecky now owns the nine fastest performances in history in the event, and no one has swum within five seconds of her new record.

Stanford’s Katie Drabot finished second in the race in a quick 4:35.69, good for sixth in the country this season, and Cal’s Katie McLaughlin finished third in 4:36.04.

  1 Ledecky, Katie         FR STAN-PC           4:28.37    4:25.15   32  
       24.74    26.58    26.80    27.03
       27.01    26.92    26.69    26.91
       26.78    25.69                  
  2 Drabot, Katie          FR STAN-PC           4:37.49    4:35.69   28  
       25.56    28.03    28.21    28.11
       28.31    27.66    27.76    27.79
       27.39    26.87                  
  3 McLaughlin, Katie      SO CAL-PC            4:40.03    4:36.04   27  
       25.62    27.96    28.00    28.11
       27.96    28.04    27.87    27.81
       27.61    27.06                  
  4 Byrnes, Megan          FR STAN-PC           4:39.66    4:39.14   26  
       25.91    27.77    28.04    28.41
       28.34    28.30    28.30    28.37
       28.20    27.50                  
  5 Cox, Hannah            FR ARIZ-AZ           4:40.85    4:39.66   25  
       25.54    27.84    28.09    28.54
       28.31    28.23    28.31    28.18
       28.65    27.97                  
  6 Simonovic, Kat         SR ASU-AZ            4:41.22    4:40.53   24  
       25.92    28.25    28.07    28.43
       28.93    28.78    28.28    28.12
       28.37    27.38                  
  7 Stevens, Leah          SO STAN-PC           4:40.36    4:40.79   23  
       25.93    27.74    27.97    28.38
       28.37    28.54    28.48    28.39
       28.46    28.53                  
  8 Wade, Tatum            FR USC-CA            4:42.18    4:41.12   22  
       25.42    27.62    28.05    28.39
       28.59    28.70    28.75    29.04
       28.80    27.76
24 Comments

24 comments

    • avatar
      Wild Bill

      The time actually tracks well with her winning 400 m Gold Metal performance last summer.

  1. Mohd Ali

    Great job.. Awesome !

  2. Dan Ohm

    Wow!!probably not rested..4:23 at NCAA?

  3. Mary E V Rudel

    So likable and yet fierce at the same time. What is the motivation?!!

  4. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Not bad but…did she WIN?

    • avatar
      Michael Maloney

      ahemmm you are a RICHARD

  5. Niki Countryman

    She is a swimming machine with a smile!

  6. Mathew S. O

    I have been fortunate to see her swim multiple times and each time has been more amazing.

  7. Pat Kennedy

    Awesome, she is phenomenal!!!!!

  8. Eileen Kees

    Fierce and ridiculous talent

  9. Jeff Braun

    She is a monster!! Greatest women’s swimmer ever…

  10. Hugo Wiman

    Janne Roovers beat her bro, she got nothing on you;)

Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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