2017 W. NCAAs: Comerford Runs Down Ledecky to Tie for Title in 1:40.3


How many swimmers can say they successfully ran down Katie Ledecky? Louisville’s Mallory Comerford can. Despite taking it out over half a second slower, Comerford unleashed a monster back half split to tie Ledecky for NCAA gold in the 200 free, as the 2 swimmers touched in 1:40.36.

With the tie, both swimmers demolished the former Pool Record of 1:41.41 done by Stanford’s Simone Manuel on the 800 free relay leadoff at this meet. Manuel had the early lead in tonight’s final, but faded to 3rd in 1:40.70.

Splits Comparison: Mallory Comerford vs. Katie Ledecky vs. Simone Manuel by 50

Swimmer 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split 3rd 50 Split 4th 50 Split Final Time
Mallory Comerford  23.95  25.51  25.37  25.53 1:40.36
Katie Ledecky  23.71  25.19  25.84  25.62 1:40.36
Simone Manuel (2017)  23.28  25.18  25.80  26.44 1:40.70

Splits Comparison: Mallory Comerford vs. Katie Ledecky vs. Simone Manuel by 100

Swimmer 1st 100 Split 2nd 100 Split Final Time
Mallory Comerford 49.46 50.90 1:40.36
Katie Ledecky 48.90 51.46 1:40.36
Simone Manuel 48.46 52.24 1:40.70

Comerford and Ledecky are now tied as the 2nd fastest performers in history behind only Missy Franklin, who set the American Record at 1:39.10 at the 2015 NCAA Championship meet.

All Time Top Performers: Women’s 200 Free

  1. Missy Franklin- 1:39.10
  2. (T-2) Mallory Comerford– 1:40.36
  3. (T-2) Katie Ledecky– 1:40.36
  4. Simone Manuel– 1:40.37
  5. Allison Schmitt- 1:40.62

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Swimmer A

That was one of the sickest races I’ve ever seen.


Wow what great swims. I have to wonder if Ledecky and Manuel missed their tapers by a bit. Ledecky had a fantastic 500 but doesn’t seem to have as much speed as one might expect. Manuel has speed but not as much endurance. Be interested to hear the coaching staffs take.

Attila the Runt

It may not have been missed tapers for either. We’ll see what Ledecky shows in the 1650. If she’s been focusing on that (she only had to go up to an 800 at Rio), it may have cost her some 200 speed, but she’ll have a great 1650. For Manuel, tough to top that 50 speed.


Good thoughts!


Even tho they’re going to win, so far I’d say Stanford missed their taper. Either that, or they were lying about not being tapered at Pac-12s


Agreed the team at PAC 12 was completely dominate. This team performance score wise will look dominate, but we have seen a better performance . That’s just a testament to how dominate they are.

stanford fan

i’ve been wondering the same thing. also ally howe? maybe?


It’s incredible that we can say a 1:40.xx is a missed taper, or a 3:57.xx 4IM. While completely dominant at PAC12’s, it appears Cal had saved a little. What an awesome meet to watch


I have to give Comerford her props. She has had a pretty solid meet. Manuel faded as a sprinter would and Ledecky held on. Comerford saw an opening an took it.

Attila the Runt

She’s had an incredible meet. Her relay splits have been awesome.

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