Race Video: Katie Ledecky Cruises to 800 Free Win

Photo by Peter H. Bick

Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 6.

Out under world-record pace at the 400-meter mark, world-record holder Katie Ledecky of NCAP started shutting it down as she held almost a double-digit lead at the 400.  Ledecky, who just needed to get herself securely on the Pan Pacifics Championships squad, put up an easy-speed effort of 8:18.47. That’s almost the second-fastest swim of the year behind only her world-record effort of 8:11.00 from The Woodlands Senior Invite.  Her time tonight almost cleared the 8:18.11 clocked by Jazmin Carlin at the Commonwealth Games. The win gave Ledecky a third-straight national title in the event, and she isn’t even a senior in college yet.

NBAC’s Cierra Runge picked up second with an 8:24.69 for a spot on the Pan Pacs squad. That bettered her personal best of 8:26.71 and pushed her to seventh in the world rankings.  Runge’s NBAC teammate Becca Mann, already on the Pan Pacs team in open water, took third in 8:26.64 for 13th in the world rankings.

Badger’s Lindsay Vrooman (8:29.06) led a strong contingent out of heat 7 of 8 this afternoon as she took fourth.  PASA’s Katy Campbell (8:30.46) and Cavalier’s Leah Smith (8:30.86) took fifth and sixth overall, also out of heat 7.  York Y’s Courtney Harnish powered her way to the podium with a seventh-place 8:31.88 from heat 6, while Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry snagged eighth overall in 8:32.42.