Katie Ledecky continued her domination at the visitbloomington.com Bucceto Open at Indiana University Saturday night with a very strong performance in the 200m freestyle final.
After taking the top seed this morning with a time of 1:58.43, Ledecky turned on the real guns in finals, working her way towards a 1:56.78. That time is the second fastest 200m freestyle she has put together all season, with her season-best being a 1:56.16 from the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin which currently ranks her 5th globally.
Ledecky’s performance tonight was extremely consistant. Taking a look at Ledecky’s splits, she stayed on target, and never faltered besides slowing town a bit on the third 50.
50: 27.96 (27.96)
100: 57.33 (29.37)
150: 1:27.40 (30.07)
200: 1:56.78 (29.38)
Ledecky cleaned up her back-half a lot from her prelim swim. Saturday morning she came back in 1:00.93 splitting a 30.56 on the third 50 and 30.37 on the final 50.
Ledecky wasn’t done with just a 200 freestyle victory tonight; she swam the 400m IM at the end of the session, dropping five seconds from her prelim swim to win it in 4:41.70.
That time acts as a personal best for her, bettering the 4:42.82 she swam earlier this season. Ledecky’s freestyle split on the back-half was her most impressive leg of the race. There she split a 1:01.34, coming home in a 30.07 on the last 50.
To put that in perspective, Ledecky closed her 400 IM faster than the third 50 of her 200 freestyle, and faster than she closed her 200 freestyle in prelims.
The 200 freestyle and 400m IM haven’t been her only stellar performances of the competition. On Friday night Ledecky swam to a 4:01.81 in the 400 freestyle and that was after winning the 100 free in a 55.4 at the start of the session.
Although Ledecky stole the show Saturday night, there were some other impressive performances that followed her 200 freestyle victory.
In the men’s 200 freestyle final, Indiana Hoosier Blake Pieroni took a tight race to the wall with Louisville’s Trevor Carroll, ultimately claiming gold in 1:51.51. Carroll was second in 1:51.97. Carroll was ahead at the 150 wall by a small margin, however Pieroni came back in a swift 28.03 to touch first.
The two faced off again in the 50m freestyle where Carroll got the better of Pieroni. Carroll was a 23.86 to claim bronze ahead of Pieroni’s 24.00. Ali Khalafalla won the race in 23.58 followed by Kyle DeCoursey in 23.83.
Short course yards 100 fly American record holder Kelsi Worrell also grabbed herself a win, taking home the 50m freestyle title in a time of 25.56. That time was just off her personal best of 25.27 that she set at the Arena Pro Swim Series Mesa earlier this season.
NCAP swimmer Andrew Gemmell won the last individual event of the night, the men’s 400m IM, in 4:27.48.