Conger and Ledecky post the Fastest 500s in High School History [UPDATE with Race Video]

  16 Garrett McCaffrey | February 09th, 2013 | Featured, High School, News

In May of 1983 Jeff Kostoff set the High School record in the boys 500 freestyle at 4:16.39. As of this morning it was the longest standing high school record in the books, but today a new streak began. Jack Conger, a senior at Good Counsel, lowered that mark by over 2 seconds with a 4:13.87 at the Metro Championships. He split :46.6-:51.1-:52.3-:52.9-:50.78. That first 100 split would’ve placed him 3rd in the 100 free at the meet.

In the next event Stone Ridge Sophomore Katie Ledecky lowered her own National High School and Age Group record of 4:33.14 (set yesterday in prelims) with a 4:31.38. That lowers the previous high school record, held by Kate Ziegler, by nearly 2 seconds and is the 3rd fastest performance all time behind Katie Hoff’s American Record of 4:30.47 and Dagny Knutson’s 4:31.18.

We’ll get you the full splits from that race and a full recap of the meet from Matt Rees who is at the meet in Boyds, Maryland.

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16 Comments on "Conger and Ledecky post the Fastest 500s in High School History [UPDATE with Race Video]"


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John Sampson
3 years 5 months ago

Is there a video of ledeckys 500 too?

WHKIRCH
3 years 5 months ago

I have it, and I’m uploading it to Youtube as we speak.

Hookem
3 years 5 months ago

Please post link! Thank you! You’re very fortunate to have been there. Can’t imagine the atmosphere. Did you also record his 42.81 lead off?

WHKIRCH
3 years 5 months ago

Indeed I do, my videos aren’t outstanding, but you can see everything if you watch in HD. Edits are currently processing, when they are done, I’ll post links.

WHKIRCH
3 years 5 months ago

Here are the links-Pass them around
Jack Conger 100 Free- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZCovHcPwNs
Good Counsel feat. Jack Conger 200 Medley Relay- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOn-6J-jiTI
Katie Ledecky 200 Free- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvLqG36v7j4
Jack Conger 500 Free- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKzYHMAsjgw
Katie Ledecky 500 Free- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZBCRnmK2w

walkman
3 years 5 months ago

42.81 leadding off the 4×100 free…. new independent NHR if i’m not mistaken

Bob
3 years 5 months ago

By the 200 in his 500, he flipped a second and a half faster than the meet record (just to add to your statistics)

NMorrell
3 years 5 months ago

His 50 fly was way impressive, also he makes grown men squeal like little girls. I’m also surprised about the double breathing into and out of walls on the 500, is he unpolished or are him and Sun Yang onto something?

bodybyfood
3 years 5 months ago

Noticed his double breathing, too. That must’ve been the one trick that kept me from breaking the record when I was in high school!

Larry
3 years 5 months ago

Unbelievable night from Ledecky and Conger. Ledecky already faster than NCAA record (and remember she is 10 seconds faster than mile NCAA one as well). Conger swims lights out and is always impressive. These 2 kids along with Missy and Murphy are the ones to watch…bright future leaders of USA Swimming Natl Teams.

Daniel Barth
3 years 5 months ago

Ledecky is already beating those NCAA times and she’s only a Sophomore… Unreal.

Garry
3 years 5 months ago

What do you think she’ll do in terms of college?? Oh wait, she still has some time to figure it out. Only a sophomore….woah

bobo gigi
3 years 5 months ago

Katie is olympic champion so it’s not surprising she beats high school or NCAA times. She’s in her world. She’s a class apart.

bobo gigi
3 years 5 months ago

And will she go to college? She can also turn pro.

swimmer
3 years 5 months ago

I say Cal or USC, maybe Florida or Georgia. Cal is cal, and it has Yuri who could maybe become an assistant for both the men and women. USC has Urb, who Katie did phenomenally with in London and Vogt (seems to know how to do distance). Florida and Georgia are your more classic distance training programs and she does not seem afraid of that.

bobo gigi
3 years 5 months ago

Thank you, swimswam works again well for me.
Back to this incredible meet. Thank you for the videos. I just watched them. I’m now completely deaf. But it was for a good cause. Incredible atmosphere in this pool, incredible noise too. It must help the swimmers.
Congrats to these 2 champions! Overall the results are very logical. Jack swam the 500 free we could expect from him. And he was broken for his 100 back. However, I’m impressed by his 42.81 after all his races. We can ask us the following question : is backstroke still his best stroke? I repeat again he reminds me of Yannick Agnel. I’m sure Jack can become a great 200 free swimmer. I already see him around 1.46/1.47 in long course this summer and it will help very much the American relay. But France will win! I predict, when he will have more strength and he will be physically mature, he will swim 1.43 in 2016 and will be the main rival of Yannick Agnel in this race. And Yannick Agnel needs rivals because he’s absolutely alone now.
Katie has swum a great 200 free. She continues to take speed. I repeat I see her around 1.56 this summer in long course and she will be in the 4X200 free relay. And it’s also important for her 400 free against Camille Muffat and Allison Schmitt. What a race it will be between these 3 girls! Don’t forget I predict 4 gold medals for Katie in Barcelona! The 400 free will be the most difficult race for her. I’m impressed by her 4.31.38 after her 200 free. She’s a beast! And we can also appreciate all the incredible American records the another Katie (Hoff) has made. Her 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free records are still alive. 4.30.47, 9.10.77 (the most impressive for me) and 15.24.35 are amazing times and only Katie Ledecky can beat them all in the next years.

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