Ledecky 0.14 Short Of 400 Free SC World Record at ISL


On day 2 of the International Swimming League’s debut meet on Sunday, distance powerhouse Katie Ledecky of the DC Trident won the 400 freestyle in a time of 3:54.06. Ledecky’s time was just 0.14 seconds shy of the world record for the event. Familiar with her un-paralleled dominance in the distance events, it will surprise many to realize that Ledecky doesn’t currently hold this world record. The reason being, the major international that meets that Ledecky competes in have been exclusively long course meters and short course yards.

The record is held by Australian Ariarne Titmus (Cali Condors) who went a 3:53.92 at 2018 World Championships in Hangzhou, China. Titmus raced today alongside Ledecky but was three and a half seconds behind by the end, finishing in second with a 3:57.61. Titmus swims for the Cali Condors and was followed by teammate Hali Flickinger who finished in 3:59.81 for third place.

Ledecky’s swim was easily under the American Record set by Katie Hoff in 2010 at 3:57.07. Ledecky last swam in short course meters at the 2013 Duel in the Pool, where she was a 4:02 in the 400 free. USA Swimming has confirmed that they will recognize Americans Records set at ISL meets, which sets up a potential scenario for American Records to be faster than World Records. FINA, the world governing body, has said that it won’t count results or World Records swims at ISL meets unless they comply with FINA regulations, which includes requesting approval 6 months in advance.

The newly minted ISL will give Ledecky an opportunity to chase some records that she has not yet gotten a chance to break, even if they won’t count in FINA’s eyes. Namely, the 200 free, and 400 freestyles. She is the current World Record holder in the 400 free in long course. The league will not, however, open the opportunity for the short course 800 or 1500 free world records, due to the league’s decision to not include the events in their meets.

Comparative Splits

Titmus 2018 World Record Ledecky 2019 ISL Meet
100 56.08 56.33
200 1:55.37 1:55.24
300 2:54.94 2:55.04
400 3:53.92 3:54.08

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WV Swammer
11 months ago

Bruh moment

Tea rex
11 months ago

I’d like to see her set the 800 and 1500 record in one race

Texas Tap Water
11 months ago

“FINA, the world governing body, has said that it won’t count results or World Records swims at ISL meets”

FINA is so petty like a petulant child.

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
11 months ago

“Because the ISL does not have a drug testing program of its own, athletes are not tested at ISL meets … ” ISL has to comply with *all* the FINA requirements, including drug testing. ISL, if you wanna be in the game, get in the game.

Yes, FINA sucks. But this is the right call.

Reply to  Swimosaur
11 months ago

As it turns out, ISL did have drug testing available. Confirming the details now.

Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago