2021 US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 4, 2021
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- LCM (50m)
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Reported by Emma Edmund.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINAL
- World: 3:56.46, Katie Ledecky (2016)
- American: 3:56.46, Katie Ledecky (2016)
US Open Meet: 4:00.81, Katie Ledecky (2019)
Katie Ledecky did it again. After pulling out a body length ahead by the end of the first 100, Ledecky won the event in 4:00.51, breaking her own U.S. Open meet record from 2019. She finished with a sub-1:00 time, mimicking her speed from prelims when she swam the last 100 in 58.70.
Yesterday, Ledecky won the 800 free in 8:12.81, also setting a new meet record in that event.
Ledecky finished ten seconds ahead of second-place Erin Gemmell, who finished in 4:10.12. Gemmell is just 16 years old. Sierra Schmidt and Katrina Bellio took third and fourth, respectively, with Schmidt finishing in 4:12.53 and Bellio just .20 behind her at 4:12.73.
Schmidt also made the podium in the 800, finishing third in that event.
Florida level threshold, pull, quality and racing with the boys. Ledecky coming in with that Rocky III training montage energy, albeit with better form than Stallone’s fly. stoked for the Ledecky-Titmus rematch.