A very large campaign was launched via twitter yesterday to see Katie Ledecky in the top ten plays on ESPN Sport Center. After breaking the World Record in the 1500 freestyle by more than six seconds, Katie Ledecky took the fourth spot on the ESPN SportsCenter Top Ten Plays countdown.
SwimSwam, Dax Hill, and USA Swimming along with many others, were sending tweets and messages to SportsCenter asking them to add Ledecky’s World Record swim to their top 10 plays.
It is great to see swimming receiving mainstream recognition. Vlad Morozov, now swimming for Russia at the World Championships, swam at USC last year and made it in the top 10 plays in March for splitting 17.86 on USC’s 200 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships. It is not often that you see swimmers recognized with football, baseball, basketball, and soccer players. It is exciting to see Katie Ledecky recognized for her outstanding performance.
As the sport grows, we will continue to see recognition from other mainstream media outlets, such as ESPN. The sport is growing, and ambassadors to the sport such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Vlad Morozov are helping to bring more attention to the sport.
The SportCenter twitter account, @SportsCenter, replied to the USA Swimming with the picture above and this:
USA Swimming received almost 1,200 RT’s and 150 favorites in their tweet asking swim fans to help get Ledecky onto SportsCenter.
Editor Note: We’ve recently learned that USA Swimming’s call to action on Twitter was followed up with some additional work from their communication’s department. USA Swimming also contacted ESPN producers, encouraging them to include Ledecky on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.