Katie Ledecky Takes Down American and NCAA Records in 500 Free

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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
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Matt Zyniewicz
5 years ago

She is unbelievable.

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Wild Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt Zyniewicz

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

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5 years ago

She’s a cyborg!

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5 years ago

Great job.. Awesome !

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Bill Bell
5 years ago

Not bad but…did she WIN?

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Michael Maloney
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill Bell

ahemmm you are a RICHARD

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5 years ago

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

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5 years ago

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

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5 years ago

wow!

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5 years ago

Awesomeness!!!

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5 years ago

Wow

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5 years ago

She is absolutely amazing

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5 years ago

Amazing!

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5 years ago

She is a swimming machine with a smile!

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5 years ago

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

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5 years ago

Is she human???‍♀️?

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5 years ago

Peter Sameh Ezzat

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5 years ago

Carol Sameh

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5 years ago

Fierce and ridiculous talent

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5 years ago

Awesome, she is phenomenal!!!!!

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5 years ago

????

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5 years ago

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

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5 years ago

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

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5 years ago
Reply to  Hugo Wiman

Hahah she is insane man