Katie Ledecky Swims 3rd-Fastest 500 Yard Freestyle of All-Time in Delaware

Thanks to Rory Connell for contributing to this report.

Katie Ledecky has swum the 3rd-fastest 500 yard freestyle of all-time on Saturday at the First State Cup hosted at the University of Delaware by the Delaware Swim Team.

Her final time was 4:30.9, which ranks 3rd on the all-time list in the race.

The new top-10:

  • Ledecky, 4:28.71 (02/2014)
  • Hoff, 4:30.47 (12/2007)
  • Ledecky, 4:30.9 (11/2014)
  • Knutson, 4:31.18 (12/2009)
  • Ledecky, 4:31.38 (02/2013)
  • Ledecky, 4:32.37 (12/2013)
  • MacLean, 4:32.53 (03/2014)
  • Franklin, 4:32.66 (03/2014)
  • Ziegler, 4:32.71 (12/2007)
  • Schmitt, 4:32.71 (03/2011)

Ledecky’s splits: 25.8/27.6/27.1/27.0/27.2/27.0/27.2/27.8/27.4/26.3.

In that race, Ledecky swam to a 3rd-place finish overall in what was a mixed-gender race. The only swimmers to beat her were Matthew Hirschberger (4:27.2) and Gavin Springer (4:29.8).

Earlier in the session, she posted a lifetime best (by two-and-a-half seconds) of 1:57.5 in the 200 yard IM. Ledecky will still have a big race left in the 1000 freestyle on Sunday, with the all-time best mark possibly in her sights after a good start to the meet.

Her 3rd swim of the day came about 5 minutes after her 500, she was a 22.74 to lead off an NCAP 200 free relay.

There are no live results for this meet, but we will have full results after its completion.

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bobo gigi

Pretty good times for the first races of her season. 🙂
Seriously, it’s very impressive.
1.57 for a non IMer. Not tapered. Haha!
Then 4.30 in the 500 free. 4.25 well rested is possible very quickly in my opinion.
And 22.74 as warm-down to lead off a relay. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if she swam a sub 22 in the 50 free in the next months.
Her speed continues to improve day after day.
It’s scary for her opponents.
But very cool for her fans! 😎

samuel huntington

wow, I agree. she will be around 4:25. and her speed is so impressive!! I think 46 is more likely than 21


WOW!! 4:30 on NOVEMBER 1st!!!! She continues to amaze… 22.7 is slightly shocking as well!!

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