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

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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?

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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… Read more »

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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