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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|
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