Ledecky Breaks 1650 American Record at Art Adamson Invite

by Torrey Hart 33

November 19th, 2017 College, National, Pac-12, Records

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

congrats

Lol she beat the best guy by 15 seconds

Honest observer

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

Like they could have done better

Touché

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

In running slang, she ‘chicked’ the guys.

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