Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own American Record in 1650 Yard Free

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 5

December 06th, 2014 National, News

NCAP 17-year old Katie Ledecky has had a very good meet, but coming into the final session, didn’t quite look in the kind of shape that might challenge any American Records.

But, as we’ve seen with some frequency from the best distance swimmer in the world, swimming records in certain events doesn’t necessarily correlate to records in other events at the same meet.

This is all leading up to Ledecky swimming a 15:13.30 to break her own American and U.S. Open Records of 15:15.17 in the women’s 1650 free on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ledecky’s last record swim in the event was at this same meet a year ago.

That also takes down the National Age Group Record for 17-18’s of 15:24.35 done by Katie Hoff in 2008. That swim by Hoff was the American Record before Ledecky came along, making her now more than 10 seconds faster than any other woman in the history of this event.

Key splits comparisons for Ledecky:

Ledecky ’13 Ledecky ’14
First 100 52.55 53.76
First 200 1:48.26 1:49.95
First 500 4:35.35 4:36.88
First 1000 9:14.22 9:13.99
Last 500 4:37.28 4:36.58
Last 1000 9:16.22 9:13.55
Last 1000 54.32 53.86
Total 1650 15:15.17 15:13.30

Ledecky was not nearly as aggressive going out this year as she was last year, but midway through this race she turned on her motor, and that was the big difference maker: her finishing speed.

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All hail The Queen!


KL is swimming with more control now. When she was younger she used to go out too fast.

bobo gigi

Congrats champion.
Distance swimming is really fun with Katie Ledecky.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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