Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.
2013 US Winter National Championships – Women’s 200 Freestyle – as reported by SwimSwam
The showdown of the night was between U.S. Olympic stars Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky in the women’s 200 free. The race was everything swim fans hoped it would be, with the two going stroke for stroke for 150 yards before Franklin made her move, powering away for the win and crushing the meet record in 1:41.40. She was just two tenths off of Megan Romano’s American record. Ledecky had a successful swim as well, though breaking Dagney Knutson’s National Age Group record in the event. Ledecky was 1:42.03, also under the old meet record and within a second of the American record. Those two both look like staples of the United States 800 free relay in international competition moving forward.
Liz Pelton took home the bronze here, going 1:44.71 to beat out a tightly-bunched field. Tennessee’s Lindsey Gendron was third behind Franklin and Ledecky for most of the race and held on for fourth at the finish in 1:44.79. Cal’s Caroline Piehl was fifth and Ohio State post-grad Sam Cheverton took sixth.
Indiana’s Haley Lips won the consol final, dropping a second and a half off her prelims swim and going 1:45.96