Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Ledecky Beats Hosszu’s IM Record


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For the second-straight year, Katie Ledecky gave up a freestyle race to swim the 400 IM at the Pac-12 Championships, and for the second-straight year, she came up with a big national record.

In 2017, it was the American record, with a 3:57.68 that ranked behind only Katinka Hosszu in the historical ranks. In 2018, Ledecky knocked off Hosszu with a 3:56.53.

This time around, she won’t have to watch that record get taken down by a teammate while she swims different events at NCAAs. Ledecky will swim the 400 IM next month, setting up what could be an even bigger swim for the Olympic and world champ.

Here’s a splits comparison of the two:

Ledecky 2018 Hosszu 2012
Fly 54.75 25.90 25.47 54.71 Fly
28.85 29.24
Back 59.29 30.34 30.36 59.84 Back
28.95 29.48
Breast 1:09.43 34.61 34.53 1:08.41 Breast
34.82 33.88
Free 53.06 27.08 27.10 53.58 Free
25.98 26.48
3:56.53 3:56.54


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2 years ago

I need a video!

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Go to ledeckydailyl

2 years ago

Wow. Ledecky is phenomenal.

2 years ago

So Hosszu starts half a second ahead at the 50, Ledecky catches back up and stays even through 150, pulls ahead by 200. Hosszu retakes the lead on breaststroke by over half a second again, maintains that advantage through the first 50 of free, and then gets run down and out-touched in the last 50. That would be an insane race

Reply to  Paul
2 years ago

Katinka is far better in back and breast than she was in 2012.

Reply to  Brownish
2 years ago

When she made her 4:26 in Rio (2016) it was 5 sec improvement (from gold race in Kazan 2015) coming from breast and free legs. There were no noticeable progress in her signature strokes since 2012 in 400IM

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

There were. Look at her PBs in back and breast and not in IM. BTW please don’t compare a first and a last day swim.

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