Katie Ledecky Teases About Goal Times at Arena Pro Swim Series – Video

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AUSTIN – Katie Ledecky had a sensational night tonight at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin.  Not only did she put up a lifetime best in the 100 free, she also clocked an unshaved best in the 400-meter free.

Ledecky spoke with Swimming World shortly after her races tonight.

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100 Free

Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky certainly started the night off right with a blistering 54.55 to win the women’s 100-meter free.

That’s now her third swim under 55 seconds, breaking her lifetime best of 54.89 set during prelims this morning.

Ledecky is certainly looking to expand her schedule, now that she’s locked down the distance freestyle events. Not only has she started to put together an amazing 200 free to make it into the 800 free relay discussion, she’s starting to make strides in the 100 not only for Team USA for also for Team Stanford collegiately.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, typically a dominant force on the FINA World Cup series and the reigning Swimming World European Swimmer of the Year, took second tonight in 54.66.

NYAC’s Megan Romano claimed third overall in 54.79 as the only other swimmer to clear 55 seconds in the finale.

400 Free

Katie Ledecky remained on fire as she smashed a loaded field in the women’s 400-meter free with a ridiculously fast time.

Out under world-record pace at the 200-meter mark (1:57.99), Ledecky charged to the win in 4:00.47. That’s the seventh-fastest time all time in the event, giving Ledecky six of the top eight swims ever.

Only Federica Pellegrini has been in that range with a 3:59.15 and 4:00.41 back in the techsuit-fueled 2009.

Hosszu, who typically is winning gold at events like this, took silver behind Ledecky for the second time with a 4:09.17, well back as she focused on the silver-cash after knowing she wasn’t going to catch Ledecky.

Elizabeth Beisel, the Pro Swim Series cash leader after Minneapolis, took third in 4:09.62 to collect some more valuable points and cash as she looks to win the BMW lease.