Katie Ledecky Explains Stanford Tradition of “Fountain Hopping” (Video)


Reported by Nick Pecoraro.


  • Pro Swim Series Record – Katie Ledecky, 1:55.43 – 2016
  • Olympic Trials Cut – 2:01.69

Top 3:

  1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP)- 1:55.68
  2. Simone Manuel (Alto Swim Club)- 1:57.46
  3. Allison Schmitt (Sun Devil)- 1:57.63

With her second win of the meet, Katie Ledecky now adds a second national- and worldwide-leading time for the 2019-2020 season. Ledecky’s winning time of 1:55.68 marks her fastest individual 200 free time of the entire year of 2019. She started last season with a 1:55.32 from the 2018 US Winter Nationals.

In a tight race for second, it was sprinter Simone Manuel who took out mid-distance swimmer Allison Schmitt by less than two-tenths. Manuel’s time of 1:57.46 is now her 2nd-fastest in-season time, just two-tenths off her in-season best of 1:57.24 from the Bloomington PSS. Both Manuel and Schmitt are now #2 and #3 in the nation as well as #4 and #5 respectively in the world.

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Jared’s Man Bun

Nice interview! My favorite fountain is “Mem Claw” in front of the Old Union. Interesting that she mentioned True Sweetser: her 400 this week was only 3+ seconds slower than his.

Jim C

I remember when her 400 time was the exact same time as Michael Phelps.

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