Katie Ledecky in Response to American Record: “I think all times should count”


Editor’s note: Lededcky’s time, presuming it meets all other standards for ratification, will count as an American Record, USA Swimming has confirmed. FINA has said that they will not recognize ISL swims as World Records.

Reported by Anne Lepesant.


Katie Ledecky took it out first from lane 7, trying to put clear water behind her from the outset. Ariarne Titmus, who upset Ledecky at Worlds this summer, led the rest of the field but trailed Ledecky by a full body at the 200. Titmus had come back on Ledecky in Gwangju, so this time Ledecky wasn’t giving anyone a chance. She ended up winning by 3.6 seconds with 3:54.06, giving valuable points to DC Trident and pulling the team into 3rd place. Titmus placed 2nd in 3:57.61, 2.2 seconds ahead of her Cali Condors teammate, Hali FlickingerSarah Kohler scored points for Aqua Centurions with her fourth-place finish. She was 4 full seconds ahead of DC Trident’s Leah Neale.

Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus, representing the DC Trident and Cali Condors, respectively, faced off in a rematch in the women’s 400 freestyle, where Ledecky, who might be called a “novice” in SCM competition where she holds no notable records, blasted a 3:54.06 to win by multiple body-lengths and finish just .14 off Titmus’ 2018 World Record in the SCM version of this event. FINA has stated that it will ignore times posted in ISL competition, an assertion which will now be put to the test, as Ledecky destroyed Katie Hoff’s 2010 American Record, which previously–or perhaps still stands–at a 3:57.07.

Jack-of-all-trades Hali Flickinger, swimming for the Condors, placed 3rd for 6 points, bringing the Condors total points in this race to 13, an equal team result for the Condors than DC Trident, despite Ledecky’s incredible swim, as the Trident’s second swimmer, Leah Neale, placed 5th for and equal 13 points.

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Yep you are fast and got a record but because we don’t like the competition we won’t count it because we are petty. Looks real good FINA


3 dislikes? FINA over here checking the comments…

Alex J

Any reason why it doesn’t count? All suits and officials would have been FINA approved. So….?


USADA was testing randomly at the meet and they announced at the swimmers and coaches technical meeting that World Records and WJR’s would be tested, but they didn’t say whether or not they would count/be ratified

Interesting. That wasn’t announced to the media – will follow up and ask.


Likely because it coincides with another FINA-sanctioned event is the official response. Under the table…. it was always understood that ISL was created in direct response to FINA’s inaction in general (doping, prize money, etc) and likely ANY application sent into FINA for a sanctioned is just automatically denied.


Because she did not break the record. She missed it by .14. Read the article.

Swimmer A

God I hate FINA. They’re awful.


I agree, but since she didn’t actually break the WR, this isn’t really important at this moment, right?

When someone does break a WR in the ISL, that’s when it will be worth getting angry about.


It is important because when it does happen (sooner rather than later) they now have momentum behind their argument that FINA is holding athletes hostage through FINA only events giving out less money and lack of doping control action.

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