Katie Ledecky blew up her home club invite Friday night, putting up a 1:41.04 in the 200 yard freestyle that moves her to #3 all-time in the event.
Ledecky’s swim itself is the 4th-fastest ever recorded for a woman of any age, sitting behind two separate swims from American record-holder Missy Franklin and one from Olympic champ Allison Schmitt:
Top 5 All-Time Women’s 200 Freestyles
- Missy Franklin – 1:39.10 (2015 NCAA Championships)
- Missy Franklin – 1:40.31 (2014 NCAA Championships)
- Allison Schmitt – 1:40.62 (2015 American Short Course Championships)
- Katie Ledecky – 1:41.04 (2015 NCAP Invite)
- Missy Franklin – 1:41.09 (2015 Pac-12 Championships)
Franklin’s 1:39.10 is the American record, and her 1:40.31 is the official 17-18 National Age Group (NAG) record. Ledecky now sits #2 all-time for the 17-18 age group, passing up Simone Manuel‘s 1:41.15 from the Pac-12 Championships last spring.
Ledecky has until March to try to take down the NAG – she turns 19 on March 17. Now graduated from high school, Ledecky won’t have the DC Metro Champs meet, which usually caused her to focus on short course yards through the spring, so it’s hard to say how often she will swim in the short pool between now and then – with the Rio Olympic Games upcoming, it’s certainly likely Ledecky will be turning her focus to long course meters sooner than usual.
Still, though, Ledecky may only need one more swim to challenge the NAG record the way she tends to drop time. Tonight’s swim was a drop of half a second from her previous lifetime-best.
You can check out video of her race above, courtesy of Meghan Thompson.
Our full coverage of the NCAP Invite is here.