All Of The Exciting Swims From This Weekend You Might’ve Missed

If you weren’t tuned into what was going on in the swimming universe this weekend, you missed a lot.

From the FINA World Cup in Indianapolis, to the highly-anticipated Virginia/Texas dual meet and plenty of other marquee matchups in the NCAA, there’s been a lot of fast swims recorded over the last few days. Here are some of the highlights.

Katie Ledecky Breaks Another World Record

After what she did the week prior in Toronto, nearly breaking the world record in the 800 free on the way to annihilating the 1500 free mark, it felt like almost a forgone conclusion that Katie Ledecky would take hold of the 800 free record in Indianapolis.

She did just that, putting up a time of 7:57.42 to knock nearly two seconds off Mireia Belmonte‘s 2013 record of 7:59.34. That was Ledecky’s second win of the meet, also claiming the 400 free with a new U.S. Open Record of 3:54.04.

Ledecky also set a new best time in the 200 free (1:52.10) to take second behind Siobhan Haughey, who set a new U.S. Open Record in 1:51.19.

Sims Lead Sandpipers In Record-Breaking Weekend

It’s no secret that the Sandpipers of Nevada have become one of the top clubs in the country, and that was put on display at the Indy World Cup as three of their swimmers went on a record-breaking spree.

Perhaps the standout of the entire meet was 17-year-old Bella Sims, who set two World Junior Records within 12 minutes on Friday in the women’s 200 free (1:52.59) and 100 back (55.75), earning gold in the latter.

16-year-old Katie Grimes set a World Junior Record of her own, taking more than three seconds off the mark in the 1500 free in a time of 15:42.05 in a time trial.

Ilya Kharun made a serious impact in his first competition representing Canada, setting a trio of new National Records in the men’s 50 fly (22.47), 100 fly (49.93) and 200 fly (1:51.70).

Gretchen Walsh Does It Again

After an incredible dual meet performance against Florida a few weeks ago, UVA sophomore Gretchen Walsh one-upped herself on Friday against Texas.

Walsh swam the fastest time ever recorded in the women’s 100 IM (52.09), the top time in the nation in the 50 free (21.16), split 46.20 in the 400 free relay and led off with a 23.13 50 back swim in the 200 medley relay.

She carried that momentum forward on Saturday, taking over the top time in the country in the 100 free (47.11), leading off the 200 free relay in 21.34 and clocking 50.60 in the 100 back on the 400 medley relay, though the team was ultimately DQed.

KAYLA HAN CRUSHES 13-14 NAG IN 400 IM

La Mirada Armada’s Kayla Han had an incredible showing in the 400 IM at the Kevin B. Perry Senior Meet over the weekend, clocking 4:06.95 to down the girls’ 13-14 National Age Group Record that had stood for 18 years.

That old record belonged to three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff (now Katie Anderson), who clocked 4:08.44 in 2004—the same year in which she made the U.S. Olympic team. Hoff was also a two-time LC World Champion in the 400 IM in 2005 and 2007.

Coming into the meet, Han’s best time stood at 4:12.27.

CARTER CONTINUES SPRINT DOMINANCE

Dylan Carter has been on an absolute tear throughout the three-stop FINA World Cup series, and kept things rolling by winning the men’s 50 free (20.72), 50 back (22.72) and 50 fly (21.99) In Indianapolis, having gone undefeated in all three over the circuit—earning him $30,000 for three triple crown victories.

He saved his best for last, too, as the 50 free and 50 back swims both marked new Trinidad & Tobago National Records, while the 50 fly was his fastest of the series and .01 off his record from last year’s World Championships.

U.S. OPEN RECORDS SET IN INDY

14 new U.S. Open Records were set during the Indy World Cup. See them all below:

TEXAS WOMEN UPSET VIRGINIA

The Friday dual between Texas and UVA was scored combined, with the Longhorns coming out on top, and the women’s team defied the odds by picking up another win on Saturday.

The Longhorn women were led by a 1-2 finish in the 200 fly from Dakota Luther (1:53.83) and Kelly Pash (1:54.38), and Lydia Jacoby prevailed with a big victory in the 200 breast (2:09.19).

The Cavaliers, who had two relays disqualified, lost a dual meet for the first time in three years.

MCKENDREE MEN UPSET UINDY IN DIVISION II ACTION

In an absolute thriller that came down to the meet-ending 400 free relay, the McKendree University men earned a six-point win over UIndy on Friday.

The McKendree team of Alireza Yavari, Caleb Law, Arthur Souzaand Gregg Lichinsky out-touched UIndy’s team by .35 to secure the win and improve the Bearcats to 5-0 on the season.

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VA Steve
2 months ago

I would add Michael Mullen’s 1:46.25 2IM in the Florida 3-A Championships.

Ice Golem
2 months ago

Kenyon smacking Denison?

Admin
Reply to  Ice Golem
2 months ago

Ctrl + F “Kenyon”

Ice Golem
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Thank you Braden!!!!

Sherry Smit
2 months ago

What do we think Sims will be by next summer in the 200/400 free? I’m going out on a limb and I’m going to say 1:55.4/4:03.6

Eli
Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

1:56.9/4:05.9/8:22.2

Riccardo
2 months ago

I feel like Ilya Kharun will finish as the top recruit for the men’s side in the 2023 rerank. Have the top recruits in the men’s and women’s class ever come from the same club before?

swim6847
Reply to  Riccardo
2 months ago

I’m fairly certain they swam at different locations, but in 2015 Ledecky and Seliksar were the top recruits and both swam for NCAP

Sophie
Reply to  swim6847
2 months ago

Yup, Seliskar was at the Tyson’s Corner location and Ledecky at the Georgetown Prep location, I believe.

Taa
2 months ago

O’dell went a 1:51 2Back at the same meet as Han.

Fan of TO
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Odell on Mission Viejo now! Wonder what prompted this change?? The 500 free between Han and Odell looked like quite a race! In addition to 1:51 Odell also 24.4 in 50 and 51.9 leading off relays and 22.1 and 48.3 1:45 split in frees. 52.9 fly, very versatile swimmer.

Swimpop
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

How about the two of them swimming 4:39s 5FR with Han touching .11 in front of O’Dell,

Swimfan27
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Yeah she’s insane. Wondering why she switched to MVN though after so much success at NOVA.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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