Katie Ledecky Unleashes 8:13 to Win 800 Free in Mesa

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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NCAP’s Katie Ledecky was out under world-record pace at the 500-meter mark before settling in for a conservative time to win the women’s 800-meter free at the Arena Pro Swim Series Mesa.

Ledecky clocked in with an 8:13.02, the fourth fastest time all time.  That’s not as fast as her world-leading 8:11.21 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, but was more than enough for victory tonight.

That’s Ledecky’s fourth win in freestyle this week, having won the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free here in Mesa.

NBAC’s Lotte Friis hit the wall second tonight in 8:31.65 to move to 16th in the world.  Chile’s Kristel Kobrich captured third overall in 8:41.06.

Tucson Ford’s Tjasa Oder (8:48.28), The FISH’s Madelyn Donohoe (8:51.93), Guatemala’s Valerie Guest (8:51.98), Vien Nguyen (8:52.74) and Kirsten Jacobsen (8:53.69) also made their way into the top eight in the timed final event.


  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 100 free
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Women’s 800 free
  • Men’s 1500 free
  • Women’s 400 medley relay
  • Men’s 400 medley relay





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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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