Katie Ledecky: “Not to be nitpicky, but…” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:24.06
  2. Leah Smith (Virginia)- 4:28.90
  3. Kennedy Goss (Indiana)- 4:26.13

Katie Ledecky took it up a notch, to say the least, in tonight’s final, wrecking the American and NCAA Records with a blistering 4:24.06. She took it out in a 1:43.46 at the 200 and never looked back, breaking ahead of Virginia’s Leah Smith (4:28.90).

While she was a distant 2nd place, Smith’s swim is very historically significant as she becomes the 2nd swimmer in history to break 4:30 in the women’s 500 free.

A tight battle for 3rd saw Indiana’s Kennedy Goss come home like a train, splitting a 26.26 on the final 50 to out-touch Louisville’s Mallory Comerford (4:36.16). NC State’s Hannah Moore rounded out the top 5 in a personal best 4:36.85.

Stanford freshman Megan Byrnes had a big swim in the B final, clocking a lifetime best 4:37.78 yo outpace Kentucky’s Geena Freriks (4:38.42).

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Not to be nitpick, but I think should have gone under 4:24 if she had someone at her waist chasing her during the last hundred. We love you anyway! Excited to see what you would do when you get in the water. You can break 4:23 next year. Don’t ever turn pro until you finish your college career. We are so fortunate to witness your greatness during NCAA season.


I bet she’ll break 4:20 before she graduates if she stays at Stanford.


This race looked a little like her 400m prelims (or was it finals?) at Olympic Trials last year.


The one where she opened to 1:56.2? That’s was the finals

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