2017 W. NCAAs: Ledecky Wrecks American Record with 4:24.0 500 Free


Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky continues to reach new heights. In tonight’s 500 free final at the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships, Ledecky shattered her own American and NCAA Records with a blazing 4:24.06 to win her first-ever individual NCAA title. That cleared the former mark of 4:25.15 which was done by Ledecky at last month’s 2017 Pac-12 Championships.

Ledecky’s Splits Comparison By 100:

Swimmer 1st 100 Split 2nd 100 Split 3rd 100 Split 4th 100 Split 5th 100 Split Final Time
Katie Ledecky (2017 NCAAs) 50.65 52.84 53.58 54.07 52.92 4:24.06
Katie Ledecky (2017 Pac-12s) 51.32 53.83 53.93 53.6 52.47 4:25.15

Ledecky has all 10 of the fastest performances ever in this race. Her streak extends to the top 12 performances, but is broken by Virginia’s Leah Smith at #13. In tonight’s final, Smith broke the elusive 4:30-barrier with a 4:28.90, making her the only woman besides Ledecky to have ever done so.

Top 10 All-Time Performances: Women’s 500 Free

  1. Katie Ledecky, 4:24.06, 2017
  2. Katie Ledecky, 4:25.15, 2017
  3. Katie Ledecky, 4:26.46, 2016
  4. Katie Ledecky, 4:26.58, 2015
  5. Katie Ledecky, 4:27.21, 2015
  6. Katie Ledecky, 4:27.54, 2016
  7. Katie Ledecky, 4:27.88, 2015
  8. Katie Ledecky, 4:28.17, 2015
  9. (T-9) Katie Ledecky, 4:28.37, 2017
  10. (T-9) Katie Ledecky, 4:28.37, 2017

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Whoa Nellie! Amazing thing about Ledecky is that she really doesn’t have metronomic splits. She starts out fast, then gets slower, then calls up an incredibly fast final 100 yards. Just amazing!

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Katie was hurting on the Fourth hundred, like a mortal. Huge kudos to Leah


With most of her 2017 dual meet & invitational 500y swims being in the 4:30 to 4:35 range, then hitting a 4:25 at Pac-12s and a 4:24 at NCAAs, did she taper for Pac-12s?


Why the downvotes, I’m just curious about her taper strategy. Looks like she knocked about 7-8 seconds off her heavy training times. Just curious when and how she tapered.


It was interesting listening to Katie’s interview after her swim. While she said she was still overall happy, she said it wasn’t an ideal swim because she got into too high of stroke count too early and had a hard time getting it back down. She said she thought she could have gone at least a second faster.


Ledecky: there was someone within 5 seconds of me. I know I can do better

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