Katie Ledecky Takes Down Hosszu’s NCAA Record, Eastin’s American Record in 400 IM

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Stanford’s Katie Ledecky took down both the American and NCAA records in the women’s 400 IM at the Pac-12 championships Friday evening. Ledecky swam a time of 3:56.53, beating Katinka Hosszu’s NCAA record of 3:56.54 set back in 2012 by one hundredth.

Ledecky also crushed the American record of 3:57.57 set by teammate Ella Eastin last year. Eastin finished second in the race in 3:57.32, also under her previous American record. She now ranks as the third-fastest performer in history behind Ledecky and Hosszu.

Eastin and Ledecky went head-to-head for much of the race, with Eastin taking over on the breaststroke before one of the all-time greats in freestyle took over on the last 100 on her way to a record.

Stanford’s Brooke Forde took third in 4:01.04, making it a 1-2-3 sweep for the Cardinal.

Cal freshman Sarah Darcel was fourth in 4:03.00. Next came three more Stanford swimmers, Allie Szekely (4:06.63), Leah Stevens (4:07.74) and Hannah Kukurugya (4:09.19). Eight went to ASU’s Marlies Ross (4:11.93).

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
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         NCAA: N 3:56.54  3/16/2012 Katinka Hosszu, USC
       Pac-12: M 3:56.54  2012      Katinka Hosszu, USC
 Pac-12 Champ: P 3:57.68  2017      Katie Ledecky, STAN
                 4:04.70  A Standard
                 4:19.39  B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ledecky, Katie   SO STAN-PC           4:00.68    3:56.53NA       32  
                 25.90        54.75 (28.85)
        1:25.09 (30.34)     1:54.04 (28.95)
        2:28.65 (34.61)     3:03.47 (34.82)
        3:30.55 (27.08)     3:56.53 (25.98)
  2 Eastin, Ella     JR STAN-PC           4:02.22    3:57.32PA       28  
                 26.13        55.38 (29.25)
        1:26.03 (30.65)     1:55.41 (29.38)
        2:29.39 (33.98)     3:03.17 (33.78)
        3:30.66 (27.49)     3:57.32 (26.66)
  3 Forde, Brooke    FR STAN-PC           4:04.27    4:01.04 A       27  
                 26.03        55.15 (29.12)
        1:26.45 (31.30)     1:56.77 (30.32)
        2:31.31 (34.54)     3:06.24 (34.93)
        3:34.30 (28.06)     4:01.04 (26.74)
  4 Darcel, Sarah    FR CAL-PC            4:06.56    4:03.00 A       26  
                 25.78        55.00 (29.22)
        1:25.97 (30.97)     1:55.96 (29.99)
        2:30.65 (34.69)     3:05.80 (35.15)
        3:34.79 (28.99)     4:03.00 (28.21)
  5 Szekely, Allie   SO STAN-PC           4:05.85    4:06.63 B       25  
                 26.34        55.93 (29.59)
        1:26.90 (30.97)     1:56.85 (29.95)
        2:32.09 (35.24)     3:08.16 (36.07)
        3:37.64 (29.48)     4:06.63 (28.99)
  6 Stevens, Leah    JR STAN-PC           4:08.63    4:07.74 B       24  
                 27.43        58.16 (30.73)
        1:30.41 (32.25)     2:01.42 (31.01)
        2:36.75 (35.33)     3:11.97 (35.22)
        3:40.25 (28.28)     4:07.74 (27.49)
  7 Kukurugya, Hann  FR STAN-PC           4:09.15    4:09.19 B       23  
                 26.73        56.67 (29.94)
        1:29.46 (32.79)     2:01.06 (31.60)
        2:36.52 (35.46)     3:12.19 (35.67)
        3:41.01 (28.82)     4:09.19 (28.18)
  8 Ross, Marlies    JR ASU-AZ            4:08.94    4:11.93 B       22  
                 26.40        56.93 (30.53)
        1:28.13 (31.20)     1:59.27 (31.14)
        2:34.77 (35.50)     3:11.24 (36.47)
        3:42.00 (30.76)     4:11.93 (29.93)
3 Comments

3 comments

  1. avatar
    john m razi

    B

  2. avatar
    john m razi

    Beautifully….off the charts…Amazing !!!!!!!

  3. avatar
    Carol

    And about 10 minutes later, Ledecky completed another of her insane double wins and threw more points on the board for Stanford by swimming the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 200 Free.

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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