Katie Ledecky Breaks 1500m Freestyle World Record In Texas

The Woodlands Swim Team (TWST) is hosting its Senior Invitational Meet at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, TX. The meet, which follows a preliminary/final format, features high-ranking teams from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

Katie Ledecky is headlining the meet and has officially put it on the map, breaking the world record in the women’s 1500m freestyle. She was out at the 800 in 8:16. It is normal for Ledecky to take races out strong, but to hold on to break the world record this early in the season is unbelievable.

She touched the wall in 15:34.23, lowering her personal best time and the previous world record set in Barcelona last summer at 15:36.53.

The record will not be considered official until it is approved by FINA, but it is more than two seconds faster than her previous best time and World Record.

Ledecky’s time will also count as the new American and national age group record, and will significantly lower Kate Zeigler’s US Open record from 2007 of 15:42.54.

A reader of ours commenting under the name “Josh” pointed out that Ledecky’s 800 split of 8:16.18 also broke Janet Evan’s US Open record time of 8:17.12 from 1988. Not only does that knock out the second oldest US Open record, it also gives her the worlds fastest time in the 800 freestyle as well. Her 1500 time moves her almost 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the world, and her 800 split puts her 2 seconds ahead of the previous world leader, Jazz Carlin from Great Britain.

This record will have to be ratified by FINA before being declared official. While in most cases, that is a given with records being set at national and international level meets, there’s no guarantees, for example, that Ledecky underwent the mandatory doping control after her race.

2014 LCM Women 1500 Free TYR World Ranking

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
08/24
15.28.36*WR
2Lauren
BOYLE
NZL15.55.6908/24
3Brittany
MacLEAN
CAN15.57.1508/24
4Mireia
BELMONTE GARCIA
ESP15.57.2908/23
5Lotte
FRIIS
DEN16.00.3506/19
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2014 LCM Women 800 Free TYR World Ranking

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
06/22
8.11.00*WR
2Jazmin
CARLIN
GBR8.15.5408/21
3Lauren
BOYLE
NZL8.18.8708/21
4Jessica
ASHWOOD
AUS8.19.7602/28
5Brittany
MacLEAN
CAN8.20.0208/21
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Josh

And her time of 8:16.18 at the 800 split breaks the US Open record set by Janet Evans (8:17.12) back in 1988. Wow.

pvdh

It is also the fastest time in the world this year

Patrick Brundage

Holy smoking swim! Simple superb. Can we look forward to sub 8:10 and sub 15:30 later this summer?

WHOKNOWS

Comparative splits: 2014 2013 59.81 58.75 2:02.31 (1:02.50) 2:00.05 (1:01.30) 3:04.84 (1:02.53) 3:02.97 (1:02.92) 4:07.21 (1:02.37) 4:05.89 (1:02.92) 5:09.09 (1:01.88) 5:08.70 (1:02.88) 6:11.42 (1:02.33) 6:11.39 (1:02.69) 7:13.71 (1:02.29) 7:14.29 (1:02.90) 8:16.18 (1:02.47) 8:17.33 (1:03.04) 9:18.96 (1:02.78) 9:20.48 (1:03.15) 10:21.80 (1:02.84) 10:23.66 (1:03.18) 11:24.64 (1:02.84) 11:26.91 (1:03.25) 12:27.61 (1:02.97) 12:30.27 (1:03.36) 13:30.98 (1:03.37) 13:33.48 (1:03.21) 14:33.53 (1:02.55) 14:36.06 (1:02.58) 15:34.23 (1:00.70) 15:36.53 (1:00.47)

asdf

Thats the way to do it… taking it out slightly slower but allowing for more consistent splits. What we should see is that her back 400 will resemble her front 400 once a full rest and shave happens.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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