American distance star Katie Ledecky just made her NCAA Invitational debut for Stanford at the 2016 Ohio State Invite, and she did it in record-breaking fashion. Ledecky was well over 10 seconds faster than anyone else, racing to a 4:27.54 in prelims. That took down the previous mark of 4:30.37 set by Virginia’s Leah Smith, who was also a medalist at the Rio Olympics this summer, at the 2015 NCAA Championships. It was also within a second of her own American Record, which she set at 4:26.58 in 2015 at the D.C. Metro High School Championships.
|Swimmer||1st 100||2nd 100||3rd 100||4th 100||5th 100|
|Katie Ledecky 2016||51.64||54.48||54.05||54.16||53.21|
|Leah Smith 2015||51.35||54.38||55.03||55.32||54.29|
Ledecky, who won 5 medals for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, has been taking down Pool Records left and right since she started as a freshman with the Cardinal this fall. This isn’t the first NCAA Record she’s broken either. Last week, she shattered the record in the 1000 free, taking down Leah Smith‘s previous mark and breaking a 26-year-old Pool Record set by Janet Evans.
While Ledecky may have missed her American Record, this was only a prelims swim. That means we may see her lower the mark if she goes even faster in tonight’s final.