Katie Ledecky: “I’ve learned this lesson thousands of times before” (Video)

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE:

  1. GOLD: Katie Ledecky– 3:59.09
  2. SILVER: Leah Smith– 4:02.21
  3. BRONZE: Haley Anderson– 4:07.21
  4. FOURTH: Kaersten Meitz– 4:07.60

Katie Ledecky was under her own World Record pace until the final 50 meters, but fell off, still dominating in the 10th fastest performance ever in 3:59.09. With some more rest, her records look like they may be in trouble. Ledecky did set the U.S. Open Record earlier this year in 3:57.94.

As expected, fellow Olympic medalist Leah Smith was far ahead of the rest of the field in a 4:02.21 for 2nd. That’s her fastest time of the season by 2 seconds. Teammate Kirsten Jacobsen, who made a massive drop to qualify for this final, was a couple of seconds shy of her prelims time for 8th in 4:11.14.

Open water world champ Haley Anderson (4:07.21) and All-American Kaersten Meitz (4:07.60) battled closely for 3rd, with Anderson pulling ahead on the back half. Both broke 4:08 for the first time. Hali Flickinger, the 200 fly champ, was a couple of seconds off her best from a few weeks ago, when she swam a 4:06.72, taking 7th in 4:10.42. She can still swim the 400 free at Pan Pacs if she chooses, since she’s safely on the team. Flickinger is less than a second off the all-time American top 10 list with her best.

14-year-old phenom Claire Tuggle was out with the slight lead in the B final, but Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt popped off the 3rd wall to pull ahead. Schmitt held on for the win in 4:08.46, touching just ahead of a hard-charging Katie Drabot (4:08.96). Tuggle was just off her prelims time for 3rd in that heat with a 4:10.62.

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kcswimjk

It’s really great to see the young journalist at the end here, and the way KL engages with her.

nuotofan

Under WR pace until the final 150m perhaps..:
At 300m her split here was 2.58.16 whilst at Rio was 2.57.62, so already half a second over.

AWSI DOOGER

Correct. She was between .10 and .15 below record pace every flip until 250, the progressively further removed. There was no chance at 100 meters out, let alone 50

Yozhik

Katie, Katie… If you decided to not swim 1500 race couple months in advance then what was the reason to enter it at first place?

Go Bearcats

Maybe god forbid if she missed qualification in her other events?

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