Katie Ledecky on 200 Free US Open Record: “I like to be 1:54 in-season”

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)

Reported by Karl Ortegon.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:00.24
  • Trials Wave I: 2:01.69
TOP 3
  1. Katie Ledecky – 1:54.40
  2. Allison Schmitt – 1:58.04
  3. Katie McLaughlin/Madisyn Cox – 1:58.14

Katie Ledecky was out in 56.01, pulling away from the field and coming down the final stretch with a huge lead. She blazed to a 1:54.40, taking down her own 2016 PSS record of 1:54.43 from five years ago. That’s a phenomenal swim for her, and she moves to the top time in the world this year ahead of China’s Yang Junxuan (1:54.70).

That’s Ledecky’s best time ever on U.S. soil (it also ties the U.S. Open record done by Allison Schmitt at 2012 Olympic Trials), and it’s her second-best performance ever. She’s only been faster at the Rio Olympics, when she went her lifetime best 1:53.73.

2020-2021 LCM WOMEN 200 FREE

KATIEUSA
LEDECKY

04/09
1:54.40
2 YANG
JUNXUAN
CHN 1:54.70 03/06
3 EMMA
MCKEON
AUS 1:55.56 03/21
4 SIOBHAN
HAUGHEY
HKG 1:55.81 03/21
5 ARIARNE
TITMUS
AUS 1:55.93 12/13

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Allison Schmitt of Sun Devil Swimming was 1:58.04, winning a tight battle over Cal Aquatics’ Katie McLaughlin and Longhorn Aquatics’ Madisyn Cox, who tied for third at 1:58.14.

17-year-old Justina Kozan of Mission Viejo Nadadores broke 1:59 for the first time ever, going 1:58.50 to win the B-final ahead of Leah Smith (1:58.76). Kozan’s old best of 1:59.21 was from 2019.

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Yup
1 month ago

Most would like that in their lifetime

Mr Piano
1 month ago

Me too tbh

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Drop the in season bit, I like to be 1:54

ACC
1 month ago

I would have too. And I’m a guy.

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