Katie Ledecky: “It didn’t feel very fast” (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. GOLD: Katie Ledecky– 8:11.98
  2. SILVER: Leah Smith- 8:22.79
  3. BRONZE: Haley Anderson– 8:24.13
  4. FOURTH: Ally McHugh– 8:24.22

As usual, Katie Ledecky dominated. She was under American record pace for the first part of the race, but faded off the pace to win in 8:11.98. That’s just over half a second outside the fastest 10 performances in history, all of which were done by Ledecky. Fellow Olympic distance medalist Leah Smith came in about 10 seconds back to secure a Pan Pacs spot in 8:22.79.

Trojan’s Haley Anderson set a best time for the first time since 2012. Her former best was an 8:26, but she put together an 8:24.13 tonight for 3rd place. Anderson is now the 9th fastest American performer in history.

All-American Ally Mchugh put herself in the running for Pan Pacs with a big swim. She dropped 6 seconds off her best to take 4th in 8:24.22. Just outside of the top 4, Sandpipers of Nevada’s age group distance star Erica Sullivan was just off her best for 5th in 8:26.98.

15-year-old Mariah Denigan was 6th with her 8:28.15 from the afternoon heats.

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That was the first time when Katie Ledecky swam first 300 under 3min. One step in a time. Next one will be having the first half of 800 race under 4mn. And so on and so on.until we see 8 min barrier broken.


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