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.