Katie Ledecky Sets NCAA Meet Record in 1650 Free, NCAA Record 1000


Katie Ledecky put up a 15:07.70 to set a new meet record and win the NCAA championship title tonight in the 1650 freestyle. Within that swim, she was 9:06.90 in the 1000 to put up the second-fastest 1000 in history and break the NCAA 1000 record.

You can see the top five 1000s in history below:

  1. Katie Ledecky (12/2015): 8:59.65
  2. Katie Ledecky (3/2017): 9:06.90
  3. Katie Ledecky (11/2016): 9:08.99
  4. Katie Ledecky (11/2016): 9:10.49
  5. Katie Hoff (12/07): 9:10.77

Her 1650 was about four seconds off her NCAA record from the Ohio State Invite last semester (15:03.92). The time tonight takes down the NCAA meet record 15:27.84 set by Brittany MacLean of Georgia back in 2014 by about 25 seconds.

You can see the fastest 1650s in history below:

  1. Katie Ledecky (11/2016): 15:03.92
  2. Katie Ledecky (3/2017): 15:07.70
  3. Katie Ledecky (12/2014): 15:13.30
  4. Katie Ledecky (12/2013): 15:15.17
  5. Katie Hoff (03/2008: 15:24.35

Splits Comparison by 500 and Last 150:

Swimmer 500 Yard Split 1000 Yard Split 1500 Yard Split Last 150 Split Final Time
 Katie Ledecky (2017 NCAA Championships)  4:32.10 4:34.80 (9:06.90) 4:39.55 (13:46.45) 1:21.25 (27.78/27.59/25.88)  15:07.70
Katie Ledecky (2016 Ohio State Invite) 4:35.85 4:33.09 4:34.80 1:20.18 (27.13/27.09/25.96) 15:03.92

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Great swim. But I presume she will not be happy at all. 🙂

stanford fan
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

but she will be calm and composed, as opposed to king.

stanford fan
4 years ago

katie keeps saying that she keeps going out to fast??

Reply to  stanford fan
4 years ago

Could have been a little off in her taper

Swimmer A
4 years ago

I think she jumped on it way too hard in the first 200. She was out in like a 52.

Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

Well she could be reaching her plateau which is not a bad thing. She already has some mad records. Not bad at all. She,s still ridiculously faster than the other females.

Reply to  Carlo
4 years ago

I doubt she’s hitting a plateau. NCAA Championship emotions and energy is completely different to manage than what she’s used to. It’s a long week. She will come back next year better than ever.

Reply to  SwimFL
4 years ago

Katie, please don’t come back. And it isn’t because of money. You got this college swimming experience already. You will get nothing new. Then why to go same road again? To set new records that will be immediately forgotten in a few years? Would you return to high school just for the purpose of setting new high school records? No you have already been there. Move on. Your talent is too big to waste it on duel meets, conferences, etc. Go to the different type of competition that feats your unique abilities. Change the environment, training system, coaching involvement. I want to see you crying again after making impossible real. I want to see your coach deeply involved in your… Read more »

Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

– Said no one ever

4 years ago

Heres the question. won an ncaa championsip both team and individual now. won olympic gold medals and world records. She is the rare swimmer who could continue to go to and get a degree from Stanford and make 10 million by going pro. Why not? I usually say dont do it at any cost. In her situation, do it, I dont see any reason why not to do it.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

Right after the 400 free relay I realized she paid a lot for that experience.

Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

First of all, she is quite different to two girls almost her age who are pro, Missy and Biles.
Two of them are very comfortable with media and promoting products.
Ledecky in the other hand, I feel, sometimes she gets nervous in front of media.
Secondly, she didn’t have a swim of her college, a least, like Missy’s 139 that kind of level.
Missy left with proud, emotion, satisfaction and some sadness.
Ask Ledecky if she completely satisfied with her swims in Indianapolis and can leave with no regret or she wants to do better next year.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

Your point loses itself immediately with “I dont see any reason why not to do it.” I am sure YOU don’t. Ledecky’s own goals and decisions have been serving her excellently. And you think see needs your advice? lol…

Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

Have to agree w/ Scott Morgan on this one: I’m pretty sure she can handle herself, AND all evidence seems to point towards the situation that KL doesn’t measure self worth by dollars. And even if the money is important, I’m pretty sure 90% of the $10M would be there between NCAAs her senior year and the 2020 Olympics (that’s the only time swimmers are marketable)… and she likely has insurance for this too.

On deck
4 years ago

I think Katie has put on too much muscle. She looks bigger. I was on Deck with her.

Reply to  On deck
4 years ago

Janet Hu 2015:
100 Fly 52.1
200 Fly 1:56.22

Janet Hu 2016:
100 Fly 51.03
200 Back 1:52.22

Ally Howe 2015:
100 Back 51.69

Ally Howe 2016:
100 Back 50.86

These girls start lifting and working their bodies differeny when they get to college and it takes at least a year usually for them to fully adjust to the training. Wait until next year to see the real results (especially in Katie’s shorter events).

Swim Mom Yo
4 years ago

great swim to watch but even more amazing were 3 stanford swimmers on the podium. Big points!

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