2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
- Sunday June 26th-Sunday July 3rd, 2016
- Century Link Center – Omaha, Nebraska
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Leah Smith of Virginia posted a 4:00.65 tonight in the 400 free to become the second-fastest textile performer in history.
She is now the fourth-fastest women’s 400 freestyle swimmer in history. The all-time top performers are below:
- Katie Ledecky, USA: 3:58.37 (2014)
- Federica Pellegrini, Italy: 3:59.15 (2009)
- Joanne Jackson, Great Britain: 4:00.60 (2009)
- Leah Smith, USA: 4:00.65
Smith is now the fastest ever non-Ledecky American 400 freestyler, and it’s important to note that both Pellegini and Jackson swam their landmark performances in the 2009 supersuit era.
The Americans now hold the top two swims in the world this year, a full three seconds ahead of the world.
Smith held onto Katie Ledecky‘s tail as the world record holder worked her way to 3:58.98, which just missed the world record. Smith maintained a position about a bodylength and a half behind Ledecky throughout the race.
Perhaps most amazingly, Smith split a faster second 200 than Ledecky, putting up splits of 1:58.16 and 2:02.49 compared to Ledecky’s 1:56.28 and 2:02.70.
Although her slot on the team is not official, Smith is very likely on her way to her first Olympic Games.