Swimming Video courtesy of Swimming Australia. Swimming Video interview courtesy of Shannon Macdonald, SwimSwam Rankings Managing Editor.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE
Meet record: 4:04.53, Janet Evans (USA)
American record: 3:58.86, Katie Ledecky
Australian record: 4:03.40, Kylie Palmer
Canadian record: 4:05.06, Brittany MacLean
Japanese record: 4:05.19, Ai Shibata
Australia All-comers record: 4:02.61, Laure Manaudou (FRA)
Katie Ledecky has no limit! After breaking the World Record at US Nationals earlier this month with her time of 3:58.86, Ledecky took almost another half a second off her record to improve to a 3:58.37. Her teammte, Cierra Runge, finished second with a time of 4:04.55. That pair will represent the United States next year the 2015 World Championships. Lauren Boyle won the bronze medal for New Zealand with her time of 4:05.33.
Canadian Brittany Maclean just missed the podium at 4:05.91 and Andreina Pinto from Venezuela was fifth at 4:07.51.
American Leah Smith dropped close to a second from her morning swim to improve to a time of 4:06.91 and win the B-final of the women’s 400 freestyle. Australian Jessica Ashwood finished second at 4:10.14 and Chihiro Igarashi from Japan was third at 4:13.72.