Katie Ledecky Ties 200 FR U.S. Open Record With New PSS Record of 1:54.40

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)

Day 2 Finals Recap

Kicking off the first morning finals session of the 2021 Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo was Olympic champion Katie Ledecky with her win in the 200 free. Ledecky stormed to a top time in the world this season at 1:54.40, dropping a full second from her evening prelims swim of 1:55.40. That time knocks three one-hundredths off her own 2016 Pro Swim Series record of 1:54.43.

Ledecky’s swim also tied Allison Schmitt‘s 2012 U.S. Open record of 1:54.40 as the fastest swim on U.S. soil. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Ledecky won the 200 free final at 1:54.88, followed by her Olympic title-winning swim and lifetime best of 1:53.73. That swim was also just off Schmitt’s 2012 American record of 1:53.61 from her own Olympic title in London.

Earlier at the San Antonio stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series, Ledecky put up efforts of 1:56.62/1:57.09. Schmitt finished second behind Ledecky in the Mission Viejo at 1:58.04, which ranks 20th in the world this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
04/09
1:54.40
2Yang
Junxuan
CHN1:54.5705/04
3Siobhan
Haughey
HKG1:54.8904/18
4Ariarne
Titmus
AUS1:55.4304/15
5Emma
McKeon
AUS1:55.5603/21
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Originally reported by Karl Ortegon.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:00.24
  • Trials Wave I: 2:01.69
TOP 3
  1. Katie Ledecky – 1:54.40
  2. Allison Schmitt – 1:58.04
  3. Katie McLaughlin/Madisyn Cox – 1:58.14

Katie Ledecky was out in 56.01, pulling away from the field and coming down the final stretch with a huge lead. She blazed to a 1:54.40, taking down her own 2016 PSS record of 1:54.43 from five years ago. That’s a phenomenal swim for her, and she moves to the top time in the world this year ahead of China’s Yang Junxuan (1:54.70).

That’s Ledecky’s best time ever on U.S. soil, and it’s her second-best performance ever. She’s only been faster at the Rio Olympics, when she went her lifetime best 1:53.73.

Allison Schmitt of Sun Devil Swimming was 1:58.04, winning a tight battle over Cal Aquatics’ Katie McLaughlin and Longhorn Aquatics’ Madisyn Cox, who tied for third at 1:58.14.

17-year-old Justina Kozan of Mission Viejo Nadadores broke 1:59 for the first time ever, going 1:58.50 to win the B-final ahead of Leah Smith (1:58.76). Kozan’s old best of 1:59.21 was from 2019.

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leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Never doubt the GOAT

DCSwim
1 month ago

Keep an eye out for her, looks like she has a good shot at making the team this year

Pvdh
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1 month ago

Punchers chance. Real underdog.

KnifeSmile
1 month ago

Katie going for that 200 free gold. Should be an amazing race!

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