2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
- Sunday June 26th-Sunday July 3rd, 2016
- Century Link Center – Omaha, Nebraska
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At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 15-year-old newcomer Katie Ledecky surprised the country by finishing third in the 400 freestyle, breaking Janet Evans‘s national age group record in the 15-16 400 free. She went on to win the 800 free at Trials, curbing another Evans age group record.
At 2012 London Olympics in her first-ever international meet, Ledecky did the unthinkable by pulling off a major upset over world record holder Rebecca Adlington, and, even more impressively, breaking Evans’s 27-year-old American record.
Today, with Evans watching from on deck, Ledecky swam 8:10.91 to take down the four-time Olympic gold medalist’s last major record in the books, an 8:17.12 long course nationals record set at the 1988 Spring Nationals in Orlando, Florida. At the time, the swim was a world record, Evans’s first in the 800, which beat East Germany’s Anke Mohring’s world record of 8:19.53 set in 1987.
Other than Ledecky’s NAG-shattering 8:19.78 at the 2012 Olympic Trials, her 8:22.41 at the 2013 World Championship Trials, and her 8:18.47 at U.S. Nationals in Irvine, she has never competed at a long course national championship, which explains why the Evans record stood until today.
Evans was the greatest swimmer of her time. In 1987, she broke the world records in the 400, 800, and the 1500 meter freestyle. She won three individual golds at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She was undefeated in the all three distances for over five years, and her 800 free world record stood until Adlington took it down in 2008. At the time of her retirement, she held seven world records, five Olympic medals, (including four gold), and 45 American national titles. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2001.
If none of her accomplishments have yet signified the beginning of the Ledecky era in swimming, her clean sweep of Evans records certainly places us in the thick of it.