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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Andy
5 years ago

Has she ever swum 1500metres in a short course pool? Judging by this race, wouldn’t she make that under 15 minutes?

Teamwiess
5 years ago

Not sure why everyone is making such a fuss, it is only the fifth fastest 1650 among D1 swimmers. Oh right she would rank 5th on the men’s list right now. 🙂 That one fact is stunning to me. She really is amazing.

E P
5 years ago

metronome

marklewis
5 years ago

It looks like she needs to swim improve about 0.1/sec per 50 to hit the 15:00 barrier.

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Any video?

Pun facts
5 years ago

Katie Legacy

Philip
5 years ago

WOW. Just let her race with the men…

coacherik
5 years ago

I can’t even..

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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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