Katie Grimes Passes Janet Evans for No. 2 All-Time US 15-16 Performer in 800 FR

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Day 6 Prelims Recap

In the same prelims heat as teammate Katie Ledecky, American teenager Katie Grimes smashed yet another 800 free lifetime best, qualifying second into her first Olympic final at 8:17.05 beside Ledecky (8:15.67). During the last 150, Grimes swiftly accelerated to splitting 31.1/30.8/29.7 to swim past elite seniors Italy’s Simona Quadarella and Germany’s Sarah Kohler at the finish, nabbing the middle lane next to the two-time defending Olympic champion.

Grimes’ previous lifetime best came from roughly a month ago at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, where she punched her ticket to Tokyo at 8:20.36. During the pre-pandemic 2019-2020 season, a then-13-year-old Grimes swam 8:37.46 in this event at the 2019 U.S. Open before improving to 8:31.73 during U.S. Trials prelims, dropping nine full seconds to become an Olympian, now a sub-8:20 effort at the Olympic Games.

Grimes’ swim now puts her in the top five U.S. performers among the 15-16 age group (No. 2), 18&U age group (No. 3), and all-time (No. 4). Most notably, Grimes is the third 15-16 U.S. female to break 8:20 in the LCM 800 free, now passing legend Janet Evans by 0.07s. Grimes is also the fourth Kate/Katie in U.S. history to swim sub-8:20 in this event before turning 19 years old, but the third-fastest 18&U in history.

15-year-old Grimes will enter the Tokyo 2020 women’s 800 free final as the No. 15 performer all-time, for now.

ALL-TIME U.S AGE GROUP RANKINGS – 15-16 WOMEN’S 800 FR LCM

  1. Katie Ledecky– 8:13.86, 2013
  2. Katie Grimes– 8:17.05, 2021**
  3. Janet Evans– 8:17.12, 1988
  4. Becca Mann- 8:22.45, 2014
  5. Bella Sims- 8:23.55, 2021

ALL-TIME U.S AGE GROUP RANKINGS – 18&U WOMEN’S 800 FR LCM

  1. Katie Ledecky– 8:06.68, 2016
  2. Janet Evans– 8:16.22, 1989
  3. Katie Grimes– 8:17.05, 2021**
  4. Kate Ziegler- 8:18.52, 2007
  5. Katie Hoff- 8:19.70, 2008

ALL-TIME U.S RANKINGS – WOMEN’S 800 FR LCM

  1. Katie Ledecky– 8:04.79, 2016
  2. Janet Evans– 8:16.22, 1989
  3. Leah Smith- 8:16.33, 2019
  4. Katie Grimes– 8:17.05, 2021**
  5. Kate Ziegler- 8:18.52, 2007

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Philip Johnson
1 month ago

I loved how Ledecky went over to congratulate her. It’s going to be tough, but I hope Grimes gets a medal.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Katie Ledecky is a leader and an inspiration.

Swimfan
1 month ago

I would love to see Grimes win the gold Over Ledecky would be a beautiful pass the torch moment. If anybody’s going to win over ledecky I would want it to be grimes. As long as they go 1-2 😉😉

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Nope!

Ledecky drags Grimes to the silver medal, if necessary by the scruff of the neck.

Chas
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Ledecky to Grimes: ‘get on my hip and stay there, when I move you move.’

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Chas
1 month ago

I don’t think it would be smart from Katie Ledecky. If Katie Grimes’ hands tickle Ledecky’s feet at 700m then KL should be scary. The new kid sensation has a very very very special finish.
Unless she respects KL too much and doesn’t dare commit the crime of beating her idol. 😆
Anyway I think that’s an unlikely scenario. KL will kill any suspense very early. I think she wants to finish her olympics with a bang. And Katie Grimes will finish like a bullet to grab a medal.

Yozhik
1 month ago

Katie Grimes had the fastest last 100 in this prelim session and only 0.1sec slower than Kirpichnikova at last 50. That is what will help her to medal.

N P
1 month ago

Three Katies and a Kate in the top 5 18&U Americans… must be something about the name!

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Lydia! Lydia! Lydia! Lydia!

Meanwhile, Lilly cringes.

Go Alaska!

Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Katie Ledecky has inspired the new generation of young US female swimmers we see shine at olympics.
That will be part of her legacy too. When she retires she wants to be sure that these young teen sensations are ready to take over.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Paris 2024 Olympics …..

The question will be whether Katie Ledecky decides to retire at the age of 27 subsequent to the conclusion of the next Summer Olympics.

Au revoir!

Yozhik
1 month ago

Interesting that Titmus should feel herself an old lady competing against 14 years old McIntosh and 15 years old Grimes. Same about 24 years old Ledecky racing 20 years old Titmus.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
Swummer
1 month ago

Thoughts on Katie Ledecky Retiring after this meet?

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Swummer
1 month ago

None.

Katie Ledecky has a contract with TYR thru the 2024 Summer Olympics.

https://www.sportspromedia.com/news/katie-ledecky-big-first-pro-deal-tyr

jim
1 month ago

Katie Grimes also passed Brooke Bennett (8:19.67) for No. 2 American at the Olympics.

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