Leah Smith: “Comparatively, Last summer my taper was on fleek” (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland. 


  1. Katie Ledecky, STAN, 8:11.50
  2. Leah Smith, CAV, 8:20.46
  3. Hannah Moore, WOLF, 8:27.58

Shortly after taking 6th in the 100 free final, Katie Ledecky was back in the pool for the women’s 800 free, winning easily in a time of 8:11.50. The two-time defending Olympic champion was well ahead of the field the entire race, and was just shy of her national meet record of 8:10.32 done at the Olympic Trials last year.

Leah Smith finished 2nd to Ledecky, just as she did in Omaha, with a very strong showing in 8:20.46, just missing her best time from last year of 8:20.18. Ledecky and Smith take over the top two times in the world this year.

Hannah Moore of the NC State Wolfpack takes 3rd, while Cierra Runge is 4th (8:32.16). Swimming out of the early heats, Summer Finke (8:34.63) and Leah Stevens (8:34.78) took 7th and 8th overall.

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5 years ago

8:20 is a long way from 8:04 Leah ???

Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

realistically, everyone but Katie Ledecky is racing for second place in the 800 and 1500. probably 400 too.

Reply to  Catherine
5 years ago

obviously !!!

Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

When did she say she would go 8:04 in this interview? Thought she said she should keep up with the girls she kept up with in the 400 (Carlin, Kapas, Belmont……..) Go usa!!

Reply to  Que
5 years ago

And Ledecky. She wants to keep up with her.

Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

That’s not what she said in the interview. She specifically said 2-4.

Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

wrong hearing my friend – i just listened to the interview – and she never mentioned what u stated .

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