To get things going on the 5th night of finals action in Singapore, Simona Quadarella of Italy broke Slovenia’s Tjasa Oder‘s 1500m freestyle championship record from 2011 of 16:18.63 with a very impressive time of 16:05.61.
2nd place finisher Sierra Schmidt of the United States was also under the old record in 16:12.84. Her American teammate Gabrielle Kopenski was 3rd in 16:21.15.
This reverses the order from the 800m freestyle, as Schmidt won with Quadarella finishing in 2nd.
The junior world record still stands at 15:28.36, set by world record holder and reigning world champion Katie Ledecky last summer at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.