Katie Ledecky to Time Trial 200 Fly and 200 IM on Friday/Saturday at US Nationals


After winning the 800 freestyle on night 1 of US Nationals, Katie Ledecky mentioned in her post-race interview that she planned to time trial some fun races later in the meet. Ledecky later confirmed to SwimSwam that she will be time trialing the 200 butterfly and 200 IM after Friday and Saturday’s prelims sessions.

Ledecky scratched the 100 freestyle on day 1 instead opting to focus on the 800 freestyle in finals where she captured another national title leading from start to finish. She is scheduled to race the 200 free on day 2 and the 400 IM on day 3. Her time trials on Friday and Saturday will be her only events of the day.

Ledecky’s New US Nationals Schedule:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Prelims 100 Free- Scratched 200 free 400 IM 200 fly/200 IM 200 fly/200 IM
Finals 800 free 200 free 400 IM Off Off

The 25 year old hasn’t swum the 200 long course meter (LCM) butterfly since 2014 when she was only 17 years old. She swam a 2:15.62 at the Virginia LC State Championships which was also a personal best time.

Unlike the 200 fly, Ledecky has competed in the 200 LCM IM more recently. The last time she swam the event was in November 2019 at Pro Swim in Greensboro. There she swam a 2:15.52. Her best time in the event stands at a 2:14.36 from March 2016.

Time trialing both events is the only option Ledecky has to compete in them as she has not competed in either event during the qualifying period for the meet. The qualifying period for the meet began July 1, 2021. This will also be the first time Ledecky will swim either event since moving from Stanford to Florida for training back in September 2021.

Notably, Ledecky’s best time of 2:14.36 in the 200 IM is technically faster than the cut of 2:17.99 for the meet. Her best time of 2:15.62 in the 200 fly is just off of the cut of 2:14.59.

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Tracy Kosinski
4 months ago

I’m loving how your top swimmers are trying new things. Tori, Katie…I can actually see Katie becoming super fast in 200 fly (and racing Summer for the WR 🙂

The GOAT has pleasantly surprised me in many ways since 2021.

4 months ago

Alright let’s hear predictions! I’ve got her at 2:10.8 in the 200 fly and 2:12.7 in the 200 IM.

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

200 Fly (2:11.34), 200 IM (2:13.68)

4 months ago

kind of random place to drop this, and maybe i missed something, but I’m surprised I haven’t seen any stories or comments about weyant transferring to Florida

Reply to  eagleswim
4 months ago

I’m surprised you haven’t seen any stories or comments about Emma Weyant transferring to Florida too.

Reply to  eagleswim
4 months ago

You mean beyond the stories and comments about Weyant transferring to Florida???

4 months ago

$20 she gets a best time 2 fly

4 months ago

she’s doing side quests

4 months ago

She is the Queen, she can do anything. Honestly, I think with her strength, endurance and metronomic stroke I feel she will do well in the fly. She’ll definitely swim a pb.

Reply to  Jason
4 months ago

would be fun to see her and Katinka race every event

4 months ago

Ledecky just singehandedly recussitated Friday and Saturday ticket sales. Any swim fans within a 200mile radius may want to drive out to see this.

4 months ago

200 fly…fun…yup, she’s cut from a different cloth.

Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
4 months ago

Nevermind swimming the heats and final of women’s 400 meter individual medley.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
4 months ago

Honestly the 200 fly probably isn’t that bad if you’re a distance swimmer who does a little fly training here and there

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