Katie Ledecky after winning the women’s 200m free in 1:55.16 at the 2014 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships
“I wasn’t really worried about the time. I just wanted to get into a good race and swim the best race I could.”
“I’ve been in races when (Missy) has been out even faster and ahead of me. I didn’t know how the race would turn out or what the tactics would be, but I just wanted to put together a good race all around.”
“The best part about my race was my tempo. I think I did a really good job of increasing my tempo throughout the race and my arms didn’t really die so I was happy with that.”
“I was trying to think earlier how many times I’ve actually got to race (Missy), and it’s probably just a handful of times. It’s always an honor to be in a heat with her and always a lot of fun and great racing.”
“I knew it was going to be a tough race down to the last few meters and I just wanted to put it all out there.”
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – 2014 US Nationals
At the 100, it was neck and neck between Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. The pair flipped at 56.64 and 56.74, respectively. On the third 50, Ledecky pulled a little ahead, but Franklin kept it close. At the end of the race, Katie Ledecky reached the wall for the win at 1:55.16. Missy Franklin finished second at 1:56.40. Leah Smith booked her ticket to Pan Pac’s with her third place finish at 1:57.57. Shannon Vreeland finished fourth with her time of 1:57.73.
Chelsea Chenault finished fifth with her time of 1:58.60, followed by Cierra Runge at 1:58.70 for sixth.
Rounding out the top 8 in the women’s 200 freestyle was Simone Manuel at 1:58.79 and Sarah Henry at 1:59.05.
Allison Schmitt won the B-final with her time of 1:58.36. Madisyn Cox finished second at 1:59.22.
Emily Allen dropped more than three seconds to win the C-final of the 200 freestyle at 1:59.35.