It just doesn’t stop. Less than two weeks after scaring multiple long course meters world records at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Katie Ledecky tried her hand in the short course pool, taking down the 200 freestyle National High School Record with a 1:41.82 at the 2015 Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League (WMPSSDL) Championships.
That swim (a personal best time) betters her own previous record of 1:42.31 by nearly a half second, and propels her over Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland to become the fifth fastest female competitor of all time. Ledecky also made a move in the 17-18 National Age Group record listing, leap-frogging Simone Manuel’s impressive 1:42.03 from the Art Adamson Invitational this fall to jump into the second spot. Only American record holder Missy Franklin now sits in front of Ledecky at 1:40.31.
Top five performers all time:
Missy Franklin – 1:40.31 – March 2014 – NCAA’s
Megan Romano – 1:41.21 – March 2012 – NCAA’s
Dana Vollmer – 1:41.53r – March 2009 – Pac 10 Championships
Natalie Coughlin – 1:41.66 – January 2007 – Long Beach Grand Prix
Katie Ledecky – 1:41.82 – January 2015 – WMPSSDL Championshops
The top-end talent that comes out of the WMPSSDL is some of the best in the country, with current swimmers and recent alums including Natioanl Age Group record holder/future USC Trojan Carsten Vissering, Texas star Jack Conger, and Stanford All-American Sarah Haase.
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