Ledecky Breaks 1650 American Record at Art Adamson Invite

2017 ART ADAMSON INVITATIONAL

Adding to an already stellar meet, Katie Ledecky has broken her own American record in the 1650 free, going 15:03.31. Her previous record, from almost exactly a year ago, was 15:03.92.

On top of that, she broke not only the pool record for the women’s 1650, but also the pool record at the 1,000 turn (9:09.34). Her personal best in the 1,000 is 8:59.65, for comparison.

In true Ledecky fashion, her splits were a thing of beauty.  Check them out below:

r:+0.71          25.96      53.46 (27.50)
        1:21.39 (27.93)     1:49.32 (27.93)
        2:17.27 (27.95)     2:45.10 (27.83)
        3:12.99 (27.89)     3:40.76 (27.77)
        4:08.54 (27.78)     4:36.35 (27.81)
        5:03.81 (27.46)     5:31.30 (27.49)
        5:58.94 (27.64)     6:26.28 (27.34)
        6:53.60 (27.32)     7:20.72 (27.12)
        7:47.98 (27.26)     8:15.04 (27.06)
        8:42.18 (27.14)     9:09.34 (27.16)
        9:36.52 (27.18)    10:03.68 (27.16)
       10:30.97 (27.29)    10:58.42 (27.45)
       11:25.92 (27.50)    11:53.48 (27.56)
       12:20.91 (27.43)    12:48.43 (27.52)
       13:15.94 (27.51)    13:43.34 (27.40)
       14:10.79 (27.45)    14:37.64 (26.85)    15:03.31 (25.67

In a race she’d win by over 54 seconds, Ledecky was notably also the fastest off the blocks — just because she can. Overall, her closest competitor was Hawaii’s Pheobe Hines, coming in second in 15:57.76. The fastest swim on the men’s side came from Texas A&M’s Jake Gibbons in 15:18.95 (Ledecky’s time was also under the Texas A&M men’s team record, which is 15:03.38).

Back in 2012, UNC’s Stephanie Peacock went 15:37.07 on November 29th, good for the next fastest mid-season 1650 besides Ledecky’s own.

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Justin
3 years ago

Fun fact: She would’ve won the race if she swam as a man at the same meet. Crazy.

paloozas
3 years ago

congrats

joe
3 years ago

Lol she beat the best guy by 15 seconds

Honest observer
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

Think his teammates might be razzing him a little this evening?

Uberfan
Reply to  Honest observer
3 years ago

Like they could have done better

coacherik
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Touché

Russ
Reply to  Honest observer
3 years ago

Maybe not. She may beat their times in their events next.

beachmouse
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

In running slang, she ‘chicked’ the guys.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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