Ledecky Blasts World-Leading 400 Free On Night 3 In Santa Clara


After putting up a quick 4:02.44 in the women’s 400 free prelims this morning, reigning Olympic and World Champion Katie Ledecky put up the #1 time in the world in tonight’s final at the Santa Clara International Club Meet.

Ledecky powered her way to a time of 3:59.28, with 200 splits of 1:58.52/2:00.76, to move past Australian Ariarne Titmus (3:59.66) for the top time in the world this year. Ledecky, the world record holder in the event with her 3:56.46 from the Rio Olympic Games, previously sat second in the world with a 3:59.95 at the Bloomington PSS.

Titmus will notably swim the event in just a few hours at the Aussie World Trials.

With the #2 seed from this morning Ella Eastin scratching, Kennedy Goss of Swim Ontario picked up second in 4:13.44, just off her season-best of 4:13.26 from the Canadian World Trials in April.

Also putting up a season-best time tonight was Simone Manuel, who won the women’s 50 free in 24.34. Improving on her 2018-19 season-best of 24.39, Manuel now sits sixth in the world (and fifth in the 2019 calendar year).

In second, Abbey Weitzeil broke 25 seconds for the first time this year in 24.90, and Katie McLaughlin chopped .03 off her prelim time for third in 25.32.

In the women’s 50 fly, it was Weitzeil coming out on top in 26.35 followed by McLaughlin (26.45) and Manuel (26.55). All three improved on the personal best times they set this morning.


  • 22-year-old Claire Beaty topped the women’s 200 breast in a time of 2:31.75, shattering her best time set in prelims of 2:33.43.
  • Eli Wall of Swim Ontario defended his top seed in the men’s 200 breast in 2:15.72, using a big back half to take out Brandon Fischer (2:17.52) and Brody Lewis (2:17.64). The swim for Lewis was a new PB.
  • Albert Gwo got himself under 23 seconds for the first time in the men’s 50 free to win in 22.93, with top prelim seed Nate Biondi adding two-tenths from the morning for second in 23.19.
  • Gwo followed up at the end of the session with another win in the 50 fly, clocking a new best of 24.24 over Kyler Van Swol (24.48).
  • Keaton Blovad of Cal won the women’s 100 back in a personal best of 1:00.72, with Alto’s Erin Voss (1:01.86) the runner-up.
  • Christopher Staka exploded for a lifetime best time in the men’s 100 back, clocking 54.73 to edge out his 54.80 from last summer’s Nationals.
  • Calvin David (3:59.09) edged Lleyton Plattel (3:59.35) to win the men’s 400 free.

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5 years ago

Ledecky has been swimming unchallenged in the 400m+ events since 2013. The emergence of Titmus might be just what Ledecky needs to achieve new heights this summer and in Tokyo.

Miss M
5 years ago

Titmus fires back to be just 0.07 behind in 3:59:35. Cannot wait to see what the paid of them can do at the world champs.

Reply to  Miss M
5 years ago

Very difficult to compare to the two right now
Titmus tapered at her qualifying meet
KL training and taking final exams
I hate to make predictions but at the worlds KL will go 357 and Titmus will barely break 359.

Miss M
Reply to  Tm71
5 years ago

Titmus not tapered. Comes in slightly rested but definitely not on a full taper.

I’m an Aussie with high hopes – fully expect the sensational Ledeky to win, but I think that with both of them firing we’re looking at some fast racing and the potential to push the WR lower, which is good for the sport.

Reply to  Tm71
5 years ago

Ledecky has more in the tank …..thats clear

5 years ago

So does Titmus

5 years ago

Video anyone?

Tea rex
5 years ago

Ledecky smash

5 years ago

Yozhik will find some cosmic scale mystery in this swim

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

sure will

Dang bruh
5 years ago

Dang rumor has it Staka has more in the tank👀

5 years ago

Dropping a world leading time during finals at a world leading university, you’re the best Katie!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ragnar
5 years ago

Next she be droppin’ rhymes.

5 years ago

Ledecky almost won the men’s 400 free

Reply to  USA
5 years ago

If she were in the men’s race she probably would have won!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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