Watch Katie Ledecky Break 4:00 in January 400 Free

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Original 400 free report:

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky blazed her way to the fifth-fastest time ever in the women’s 400-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin – and it is only January.

Ledecky, who previously owned the top time ever in January with a 4:00.47 from last year’s Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, put up just the seventh sub-4:00 time ever with a 3:59.54.

All Time 400 Free

Time Name Year
3:58.37 Katie Ledecky 2014
3:58.86 Katie Ledecky 2014
3:59.13 Katie Ledecky 2015
3:59.15 Federica Pellegrini 2009
3:59.54 Katie Ledecky 2016
3:59.82 Katie Ledecky 2013
3:59.89 Katie Ledecky 2014

Virginia’s Leah Smith clocked in second tonight in 4:04.74 with NBAC’s Becca Mann powering her way to third in 4:07.09.

NBAC’s Lotte Friis took fourth in 4:07.18, while Mission Viejo’s Stephanie Peacock placed fifth in 4:07.95.

Aggie’s Sarah Henry finished sixth in 4:11.83 with NBAC’s Cierra Runge taking seventh in 4:12.31.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu failed to podium for the second time tonight with a last-place time of 4:12.77 in the championship heat.

The Dancing Queen Sierra Schmidt of NBAC won the B final in a time of 4:09.20. Triangle Aquatics’Ashley Twichell placed second in 4:10.98 with BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel taking third in 4:11.42.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ledecky, Katie   18 Nation's Capital  4:01.45    3:59.54        
             28.25        58.18 (29.93)
        1:28.20 (30.02)     1:58.40 (30.20)
        2:28.78 (30.38)     2:59.44 (30.66)
        3:30.05 (30.61)     3:59.54 (29.49)
  2 Smith, Leah      20 UN                4:06.06    4:04.74        
             28.54        59.09 (30.55)
        1:29.68 (30.59)     2:00.76 (31.08)
        2:32.00 (31.24)     3:03.27 (31.27)
        3:34.37 (31.10)     4:04.74 (30.37)
  3 Mann, Becca      18 North Baltimore   4:08.17    4:07.09        
             29.34      1:00.31 (30.97)
        1:31.67 (31.36)     2:03.05 (31.38)
        2:34.35 (31.30)     3:05.59 (31.24)
        3:36.70 (31.11)     4:07.09 (30.39)
  4 Friis, Lotte     27 North Baltimore   4:07.95    4:07.18        
             29.13      1:00.07 (30.94)
        1:31.26 (31.19)     2:02.75 (31.49)
        2:33.90 (31.15)     3:05.22 (31.32)
        3:36.76 (31.54)     4:07.18 (30.42)
  5 Peacock, Stepha  23 Mission Viejo Na  4:07.98    4:07.95        
             29.30      1:00.38 (31.08)
        1:31.70 (31.32)     2:03.20 (31.50)
        2:34.63 (31.43)     3:06.10 (31.47)
        3:37.50 (31.40)     4:07.95 (30.45)
  6 Henry, Sarah     24 Aggie Swim Club   4:11.37    4:11.83        
             29.97      1:01.57 (31.60)
        1:33.34 (31.77)     2:05.15 (31.81)
        2:36.99 (31.84)     3:08.86 (31.87)
        3:40.65 (31.79)     4:11.83 (31.18)
  7 Runge, Cierra    19 North Baltimore   4:11.57    4:12.31        
             29.15      1:00.64 (31.49)
        1:32.41 (31.77)     2:04.37 (31.96)
        2:35.80 (31.43)     3:08.14 (32.34)
        3:40.53 (32.39)     4:12.31 (31.78)
  8 Hosszu, Katinka  26 HUN               4:06.58    4:12.77        
             28.46        59.56 (31.10)
        1:31.31 (31.75)     2:03.33 (32.02)
        2:35.81 (32.48)     3:08.33 (32.52)
        3:41.15 (32.82)     4:12.77 (31.62)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Schmidt, Sierra  17 North Baltimore   4:12.71    4:09.20        
             29.05        59.94 (30.89)
        1:31.34 (31.40)     2:02.87 (31.53)
        2:34.46 (31.59)     3:06.36 (31.90)
        3:38.08 (31.72)     4:09.20 (31.12)
 10 Twichell, Ashle  26 Triangle Aquatic  4:13.46    4:10.98        
             29.62      1:00.98 (31.36)
        1:32.53 (31.55)     2:04.44 (31.91)
        2:36.19 (31.75)     3:08.00 (31.81)
        3:39.70 (31.70)     4:10.98 (31.28)
 11 Beisel, Elizabe  23 Bluefish Swim Cl  4:13.37    4:11.42        
             29.49      1:01.17 (31.68)
        1:32.74 (31.57)     2:04.59 (31.85)
        2:36.31 (31.72)     3:07.97 (31.66)
        3:39.77 (31.80)     4:11.42 (31.65)
 12 Janzen, Kiera    22 Minnesota Aquati  4:12.72    4:12.00        
             29.85      1:01.37 (31.52)
        1:33.11 (31.74)     2:05.04 (31.93)
        2:37.14 (32.10)     3:09.23 (32.09)
        3:41.26 (32.03)     4:12.00 (30.74)
 13 Castro Ortega,   23 Una QU            4:14.21    4:15.01        
             29.26      1:00.89 (31.63)
        1:32.70 (31.81)     2:04.73 (32.03)
        2:37.02 (32.29)     3:09.85 (32.83)
        3:43.14 (33.29)     4:15.01 (31.87)
 14 Carrozza, Quinn  19 Univ of Texas     4:15.87    4:15.03        
             29.14      1:00.85 (31.71)
        1:32.84 (31.99)     2:05.00 (32.16)
        2:37.04 (32.04)     3:10.02 (32.98)
        3:42.79 (32.77)     4:15.03 (32.24)
 15 Anderson, Olivi  16 Etobicoke Swim C  4:15.32    4:15.71        
             29.68      1:01.46 (31.78)
        1:33.79 (32.33)     2:06.24 (32.45)
        2:38.87 (32.63)     3:11.52 (32.65)
        3:44.32 (32.80)     4:15.71 (31.39)
 16 Gibson, Sarah    20 Texas A & M Univ  4:14.97    4:15.91        
             29.12      1:01.52 (32.40)
        1:34.25 (32.73)     2:07.36 (33.11)
        2:39.89 (32.53)     3:12.63 (32.74)
        3:44.72 (32.09)     4:15.91 (31.19)

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