Katie Ledecky on Mentally Descending, Negative-Splitting 1500 at US Open


  • November 30-December 3, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times:
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6PM (ET)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

Katie Ledecky had an undefeated outing last week in Greensboro, capping it off with a win in the 1500, in which she tried to descend by 500 and successfully negative split.

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1 month ago

That’s actually an interesting hypothetical: Could a peak-form KL swim a 1500 sub 15 if drafting were allowed? She said “of course not” in the video, but maybe she was just being humble. At peak form she went 15:20. Can drafting produce 1.33s per 100 m? That sounds plausible to me. Some sponsor needs to put up the $ to make it happen. That would be fun to watch!

Last edited 1 month ago by NoFlyKick
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1 month ago

No it wouldn’t. It’s still a 1,500 😉

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1 month ago

KL certainly does her races tougher by having no-one capable of going with her in a 1500, but there is still no way she goes sub 15 with a competitor to draft off and really bring out her best competitive swim. Sub 15 is no joke…. male or female.

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1 month ago

No. In peak form she went 8:04. 15:20 was much later.

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