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

by Garrett McCaffrey 16

February 09th, 2013 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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John Sampson

Is there a video of ledeckys 500 too?


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


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?


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.


Here are the links-Pass them around
Jack Conger 100 Free-
Good Counsel feat. Jack Conger 200 Medley Relay-
Katie Ledecky 200 Free-
Jack Conger 500 Free-
Katie Ledecky 500 Free-


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


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

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