Katie Ledecky Swims 8:16 800 Meter Free at Indiana Senior Circuit Meet

The 2015 Bucetto’s Open Indiana Senior Circuit Swim Meet at Indiana University is the landing spot for American superstar Katie Ledecky and several of her NCAP teammates on her return trip from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Last year, that stop was in the Woodlands, Texas, where she broke two World Records at an otherwise standard senior invitational meet, and while she didn’t reach quite that high on day 1 in Indiana, she once again stole the show.

Ledecky started the day with an 8:16.40 in the 800 meter freestyle, which topped her 15-year old teammate Isabella Rongione (8:46.32) by 30 seconds.

While that’s still about five seconds slower than Ledecky was a year ago, it was the second-fastest time ever swum in the month of June: a period where swimmers typically aren’t peaking. Most women not named ‘Katie Ledecky’ need a peak to swim 8:16.

Ledecky was on-pace to challenge her own World Record, and was within half-a-second of her record pace from last year through 500 meters. From that point on, however, she fell well off of the split comparison.

The swim wasn’t her season-best, but she’s still the only swimmer under 8:21 globally this year.

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Ledecky wasn’t the only standout, or even the only Olympian, who races on Thursday evening. Her teammate and training partner Andrew Gemmell won the men’s 1500 free in 15:24.85, 11 seconds ahead of Matthew Hirschberger (15:35.19).

Most of the rest of the day was made up of sprint events (50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, 50 free), which were primarily dominated by Indiana swimmers.

Among the highlights of those sprint races was a 33.58 from Carmel Swim Club 17-year old Kendall Smith, which won the race by a second-and-a-half. Her previous best time in that race was 36.20. She’s within reach of her first Olympic Trials standards in two other events (100 free, 100 breaststroke) this weekend after swimming well in the 50 breaststroke; she’s close to the standard in the 50 free, but didn’t swim the event on Thursday.

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I feel bad that I am dissapointed. She is just that good.

northern sue

I know, right? She’s spoiling us. I’m glad for her that she doesn’t seem to feel the pressure. If I remember right, last year after she did her WR in June, she swam a 8:18 at US Nationals before swimming a 8:11.3 at Pan Pacs (that being in crappy weather on the same night as the 200 free). Considering her Nationals time from last summer, 8:16 seems like a fabulous time, as if it nearly equaling Janet Evan’s old record wasn’t already awesome 🙂


How come nobody accuses her of doping? Why is she allowed to swim fast without being tapered but others aren’t without be accused of cheating?

She is the most drug tested athlete by the USADA every quarter. You have to remember that she is only 18 years old. I would understand the accusations if she was doing this ten years from now, but she’s just like any other 18 year old swimmer. She was still 5 seconds off her best time tonight. It changes the perspective if you think about it like that. She is still developing as an athlete and it shouldn’t be crazy to expect consistency from an 18 year old swimmer, regardless of what level she is at.


Just because she is tested doesn’t mean much, Tony, other than she is clean at the time of the test. But, there are whispers about her being so much faster than anyone else, and therefore……………..

Personally, I think she is clean. I believe that every so often someone, an outlier, is just so much better than anyone else. These individuals prove that other can swim that fast. I think that in the next 3


I think that in the next 3-4 years, we will see at least 5 girls go under 4 minutes in the 400m free. None of them will test positive, but each one of them will take the knowledge from Katie Ledecky that it is possible to swim THAT fast, and they will.


Haters gonna hate


Because she just that good and I truly believe Americans do work (crazy amount of work) , where Europeans almost do the work and heavily rely on “medical assistance”

former european


People do. Every time she breaks a WR or does something notable, someone brings it up. However, I see your point. The feedback on the Hosszu article was somewhat mixed, while Ledecky doubters are a pretty significant (or at least quiet) minority. I’m sure part of that disparity is due to nationality, which is a shame, but the age difference (a 17 year old swimming fast in season is more believable than someone in their mid-20’s) is significant as well. The difference in events is relevant too, in my experience. I’ve seen more distance swimmers that are able to drop time in season than stroke/IM swimmers. The typical distance taper involves less rest than a taper for a sprinter, as… Read more »

Norma A Velarde

I totally agree she was just to fast


Tony Carroll, where did you get the information that she,s the most drug tested athlete by USADA? I haven,t seen such info anywhere.

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