Katie Ledecky and Erin Gemmell Toss 1st Pitch at Nationals Swim Night

Katie Ledecky is often vocal about her Washington, D.C. sports super-fandom, and D.C. sports have supported her back.

Wednesday night, for the second year running, Ledecky participated in pre-game festivities at a Washington Nationals baseball game. While last year she “just” threw out the first pitch, this year, the Nationals hosted a full-fledged “swim night,” where fans who purchased a special ticket received a Nationals swim cap and could participate in a meet-and-greet with Ledecky.

Last year, Ledecky unloaded her medals on superstar Bryce Harper before throwing the first pitch, and this year, she took the mound with NCAP’s 13-year-old Erin Gemmell, fresh off a breakout Junior Nationals performance (she is also the daughter of Ledecky’s former coach Bruce Gemmell).

Note: the Nationals accidentally double-booked Ledecky with radio personality Chad Dukes, hence the photo caption.

Here are some highlights from the rest of the pre-game fun:

And while the Nationals have struggled mightily as of late, Ledecky may have been their good luck charm. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman won the game with a walk-off 2-run home run.

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4 years ago

That’s our hometown girl, spreading smiles! Thanks, Katie!

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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