Katie Ledecky: “I Feel like I have a lot of fast swims built up within me”


Reported by Anne Lepesant.


  • American record: 3:56.46, 8/7/2016, Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open record: 3:57.94, 5/17/2018, Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 4:05.45, 12/20/1987, Janet Evans


  1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital – 4:00.81
  2. Kiah Melverton, TSS Aquatics (AUS) – 4:07.38
  3. Leah Smith, Tucson Ford Dealers – 4:08.06

Katie Ledecky was out quickly, with the fastest reaction time and a quick first 100 meters. She was up by a full body length already with 57.80 at the 100 wall. Leah Smith and Kiah Melverton were in second and third. Allison Schmitt was in fourth, nearly even with Smith and Melverton. At the 200 wall it was Ledecky in 1:58.56, Melverton in 2:02.15, and Schmitt with 2:02.22.

Ledecky was 2:59.44 at the 300 wall, while Smith and Melverton were tied with 3:05.82. Ledecky brought it home with a final time of 4:00.81 for a new U.S. Open Meet record. Melverton came home with the fastest final 50 and out-touched Smith, 4:07.38 to 4:08.06, for the silver medal.

Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers won the B final in 4:09.99 ahead of Sarasota Sharks’ Emma Weyant (4:10.33) and Riptide’s Regan Smith (4:10.40).

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1 year ago

Katie in 2020 is rocky 2 all day

1 year ago

I know Katie is a hard worker. I really hope she has a successful summer next year.

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1 year ago

Haha!! So says the woman with just about every top 10 time in history in any event longer than 400m or 500yds. I believe you do too!! Hell, is a 4:00 in the 400 free not super fast??!? Seriously though, remove her times from the top 10 all time lists, and she can easily make the list in her sleep….. I guess it’s all relative as she probably would think a 4:01 is slow……

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