Video Interview: Katie Ledecky’s Shorter Events Are Better Than Her Distance Right Now

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NCAP’s Katie Ledecky is feeling a bit different lately as the best distance swimmer in history is now starting to feel like her shorter events were better than the longer ones at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Minneapolis.

Original 800 free report:

Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital cruised to another first place finish and a new pool record in the women’s 800 free posting a final time of 8:19.16. Ledecky’s time sits only 12 seconds off her world record time of 8:07.39.

Ledecky’s 8:19.16 replaces the former pool record of 8:31.23 set in 2011 by Camille Muffat.

Fellow distance star Becca Mann of North Baltimore stuck close to Ledecky for a second place finish with a final time of 8:21.77, also under the former pool record.

Mission Viejo’s Stephanie Peacock turned in a time of 8:28.39 to grab third in the event, finishing just shy of her 2015 world best of 8:28.25 from this summer’s US Nationals in San Antonio.

Leah Smith, swimming unattached, slipped to fourth in the event with a final time of 8:30.27.

North Baltimore teammates Cierra Runge and Sierra Schmidt finished fifth and sixth respectively. Runge stopped the clock at 8:31.64, while Schmidt turned in a final time of 8:35.16.

Trojan Swim Club’s Haley Anderson stuck close to Schmidt finishing a slim .04 behind her with a time of 8:35.19.

Sam Harding of the University of Minnesota finished eighth in the event with a time of 8:40.36.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

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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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