Katie Ledecky Threatens American Record in 500 Yard Free

Apr 15, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Katie Ledecky warms up for the Women's 1500 LC meter freestyle prelim during the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports
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Katie Ledecky continues to shine every single time she enters the pool, and a sizzling 500-yard free at the Delaware Swim Team’s Swim Cup in Newark today was no different.

Ledecky blasted the second-swiftest 500-yard free of all time with a 4:27.21 behind her own record time of 4:26.58 from last February at the 2015 Washington Metro Championships.

Swimming against men as part of a mixed distance event, Ledecky finished behind NCAP teammate Andrew Gemmell, who posted a 4:26.26.

Ledecky’s Splits:

53.00, 1:47.01 (54.01), 2:40.45 (53.44), 3:34.90 (54.45), 4:27.21 (52.31)

All Time 500 Free

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Not a bad performance after her historic 200-400-800-1500 meter freestyle sweep at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.


  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Tad better than the 4:30.92 she swam here last year.

    Now let’s see if she can finally get the 1000 standard. She swam herr pr in this race here a year ago (9:11.31) which is No. 2 performance all-time to Katie Hoffs 9:10.77 U.S. Open/American/17-18 NAG record done @ the North Baltimore Christmas Invitational in December 2007.

    Hoff split 4:37.02 for her initial 500 and Ledecky ought to be able to go 4:34-5 easy.

    As they say: “Nuthin’ to it but to DO IT!”

    Go for it, Katie. That way you can focus on swimming a sub 15:00.0 “mile” @ Nationals.

  2. Carry Mochel

    Hoe ze ademhalen, probeer dat maar eens!