2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 30-December 3, 2022
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Long Course Meters (50 meters)
- Start Times:
- Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
- Finals: 6PM (ET)
- Psych Sheets
- How to Watch
- Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap
- Live Results
American swimmer Katie Ledecky won her 400 free rematch on Thursday against Canadian teen Summer McIntosh. In the process, Ledecky swam 3:59.71, to break her own U.S. Open Record in the event. She set the old record of 4:00.51 at last year’s championship.
Ledecky’s margin of victory in this race, .08 seconds ahead of McIntosh, was the same margin between the two at the recent FINA World Cup Series meet in Toronto. In that race, which was swum in a short course pool, McIntosh was the winner, setting a World Junior Record and becoming the #2 performer in history.
Simulated Race, based on splits
Actual Race Video:
A comparison of the relative caps from the two races:
How to read this chart: the red line is the cumulative gap between the two swimmers at the US Open, and the blue line is the cumulative gap between the two swimmers at the World Cup. When the line is below 0 (a negative number), Ledecky is leading. When the line is above 0 (a positive number), McIntosh is leading.
The chart shows that in both races, Ledecky took an early lead before McIntosh fought back.
Ledecky is the most accomplished swimmer of her generation, and among the most accomplished of any generation, and so there is nothing really left for her to prove. But later in her career, she is facing young challengers that are giving her something she hasn’t had for most of her career: close rivals in her primary events.
This creates a different dynamic in the pool, and in the headlines, than what we’re used to in Ledecky’s career. Most of what has been written about Ledecky throughout her career has been about things like another entry on the all-time top swims list in the 800 free, an unreasonable margin of victory in the 1500 free, or clearing the Olympic Trials standards in the 200 free, 400 free, and 800 free in the same race, as she did in her first swim of the meet on Wednesday.
Ledecky’s post-race comments:
“I’m really happy with that race. I knew it would be fast tonight with Summer (McIntosh) right there. We brought the best out of each other tonight. I think that’s the first time I’ve been under four minutes in December, or in the fall, so I’m pleased with that at this point.”
Ledecky is now staring down a huge battle with not just one, but two rivals for the Paris 2024 Olympics in this 400 free. McIntosh will be 17 when the Paris Games kick off, and Australian Ariarne Titmus will be 23. Ledecky will be 27 by the time Paris begins.
Titmus won the Olympic gold medal and took Ledecky’s World Record in the event last summer, and now the Canadian teen McIntosh, who trains about 3 hours from Ledecky in Sarasota, Florida, makes the juiciest rivalry in women’s swimming a triad. Ledecky has left a huge legacy for the sport, and generating this sort of excitement is the icing on top, whether she wins or not.