Katie Ledecky Sets 200 Free Meet Record in First Swim of 2018 Pan Pacs


In her first swim of the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Katie Ledecky raced to the top qualifying spot, and a new meet record in the 200 free Thursday morning.

Ledecky split 26.95/28.86/29.55/29.8 en route to her final time of 1:55.16; the previous record was 1:55.74, set in 2014. She is the top seed for finals Thursday day, over a second ahead of No. 2 seed Allison Schmitt, who finished in 1:56.36. Behind Schmitt was Leah Smith in 1:56.81, Taylor Ruck (representing Canada) in 1:56.84, and Katie McLaughlin in 1:56.88. Mallory Comerford was also a top eight prelims finisher in 1:57.48.

For the U.S., only Ledecky and Schmitt can advance to the A-final.

Ledecky has been as fast as 1:54.56 this year, swimming that time at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara.



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wild Bill

Great start for Katie!

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Both katies


US 4×200 is gonna be fast!


Watch for WR…


I’m wondering what form Leah Smith is in now. In her interview in Irvine she said that she came to Nationals right after high altitude training and that the theory suggests that she will be in the best form two weeks after that.
Today’s race in 200 was no different from what she’s done at Nationals in this event and it is well away from her lifetime best.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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