At the prelims today of the visitbloomington.com Bucceto Open at Indiana University, Katie Ledecky put together a controlled 200 meter freestyle, posting a time of 1:58.43. She is the top seed going into finals by over five seconds; following her as 2nd and 3rd seeds are 17-year-old Mallory Comerfeld (2:03.88) and Carmel Swim Club’s Claire Adams (2:04.49).
A look at Ledecky’s splits:
1st 100: 28.02 – 29.48 (57.50)
2nd 100: 30.56 – 30.37 (1:00.93)
Her time of 1:58.43 doesn’t put her into the top 25 this year (it’s a little over half a second off of 25th), though she currently owns the t-5th best time in the world this season with her 1:56.16 which was swum at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin.
At that meet, she went 4:00.47 in the 400 meter freestyle which still stands as the world’s best. Last night, Ledecky dropped almost two seconds from prelims to finals in the 400, and she ended up going a 4:01.81 for the win. Comparing this meet to that Pro Swim Series stop in Austin, Ledecky is 1.34 seconds slower in her 400 than in January. It looks as though she probably won’t hit her 1:56 low from January, but she should definitely have more in the tank.
She popped a 55.4 in the 100 free final yesterday, making her 2-for-2 in prelims-to-finals improvements at this meet. She was only out in 27.31 in that 100, but came back in a very impressive 28.17. Last night, she took her 400 out in 28.51 and came home in a 29.47. Her race improvements from prelims to finals at this meet are following a trend: look for each of her 50 splits to improve marginally, save for a fast last 50 when she really turns on the jets.
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