Ledecky Breaks U.S. Open Record, Swims 2nd Fastest 400 Ever In 3:57.9


After an incredible world record performance in her first race as a professional last night, scorching a 15:20.48 in the 1500 freestyle at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianaplis, American superstar Katie Ledecky was back at it on Thursday. Ledecky uncorked a 3:57.94 in the 400 freestyle, breaking her own U.S. Open Record while registering the 2nd fastest swim of all-time.

Ledecky set the U.S. Open Record last summer, swimming to a 3:58.44 at the U.S. World Trials meet contested in the same pool she swam in tonight. Her 3:57.94 knocks former world record holder Federica Pellegrini out of the all-time top ten performances, as the 21-year-old phenom now owns the ten fastest swims ever. Pellegrini set the world record back in the super-suit era of 2009 in 3:59.15. Ledecky currently holds the world record at 3:56.46, done at the Rio Olympics.

Olympic bronze and World Championship silver medalist in this event Leah Smith was 2nd, over eight seconds back of Ledecky in 4:06.67, while Ledecky’s Stanford teammate Katie Drabot had a strong showing to take 3rd in 4:08.29.

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Katie Ledecky 3:56.46
2 Katie Ledecky 3:57.94
3 Katie Ledecky 3:58.34
4 Katie Ledecky 3:58.37
5 Katie Ledecky 3:58.44
6 Katie Ledecky 3:58.71
7 Katie Ledecky 3:58.86
8 Katie Ledecky 3:58.98
9 Katie Ledecky 3:59.06
10 Katie Ledecky 3:59.13

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2 years ago

She back

Reply to  Idisagree
2 years ago

I mean even though she didn’t really go anywhere. You know what I mean.

Reply to  Idisagree
2 years ago

You mean Bruce is back.

Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Huh? She’s still at Stanford. Bruce is still in DC.

Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

You really think that her best meet since moving to Stanford randomly happens to be a mid season Pro Series meet as opposed to NCAAs, World Champ Trials, or Worlds? She hasn’t gone to DC a couple of times this spring to just take pictures and she is no longer obligated to do the college team workouts.

Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

@coach really? Why don’t you fill us all in with the details? She is still a student at Stanford and had to attend classes. Pretty hard to do while swimming in DC. But you seem to know her training schedule so let us hear what you know as fact.

Honest observer
2 years ago

Can’t help but wonder if Ledecky’s agent’s negotiations with potential sponsors are ongoing, and if some of them might possibly have expressed some slight doubts about Ledecky’s continued dominance going into 2020. And maybe Ledecky’s agent suggested she make a statement at this meet in order to allay those doubts.

Well, she did, loud and clear, and now the agent’s hand has been strengthened. Smart move, if you ask me.

Reply to  Honest observer
2 years ago

As sad as it may be that money talks: money talks..so, you may be right. Good for her though, because world records talk, too!

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Reply to  swim2fit
2 years ago

Money talks, but it don’t walk.

2 years ago

what a legend

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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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