Ledecky Hits 1:56.09 200 Free / 4:40.92 400 IM Prelim Swims At Sectionals

by Ben Dornan 38

February 11th, 2022 Club, National, News, Previews & Recaps

2022 SOUTHERN ZONE SOUTH SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • February 10 – 13, 2022
  • Rosen Aquatic Center
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Long Course Meters (50m)
  • Result via Meet Mobile – “2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships”
  • Meet Central

During the first prelims session of the 2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, Katie Ledecky swam a 1:56.09 200 freestyle, topping the field by several seconds. Ledecky’s PB in the event is a 1:53.73 from her gold medal-winning swim at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Ledecky got off to a quick start during the Thursday distance session, posting an 8:11.83 in the 800 freestyle, which is quicker than what she swam at the Tokyo 2020 Games to win gold (8:12.57). Her 200 freestyle was slightly slower than her time in the 2020 Olympic final of 1:55.21 for 5th overall.

Sarasota Sharks swimmer Addison Sauickie posted the second-fastest time in the field with a 2:02.73 and was followed by Olympian Natalie Hinds who swam a 2:03.14. Sauickie has been as fast as a 1:59.45 before, while Hinds’ personal best is a 2:01.30 from 2020.

Ledecky, Sauickie, and Hinds will be joined in Friday night finals by Blair Stoneburg (2:03.39), Michaela Mattes (2:04.14), Ella Martinez (2:05.32), Addison Reese (2:05.66), and Julie Brousseau (2:05.76).

In her second event of the session, Ledecky swam her way to top seed in the 400 IM with a 4:40.92, marking her 5th best performance ever in the event. Her PB is a 4:38.16 from back in 2017 and she hasn’t been under 4:40 since 2019 when she swam a 4:39.39 at the Knoxville Pro Swim.

Michaela Mattes took 3 seconds off her entry time of 4:52.04 to hit a 4:48.87 for second seed overall, while Megan Wheeler followed with a 4:51.79 for third.

Following his 50 butterfly victory on night one of the meet, Caeleb Dressel was back in the pool during day 2 prelims. Dressel raced both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly prelims, hitting a 1:53.41 and a 53.31, respectively. Dressel will be the top seed in both events during finals and can be expected to get a little closer to his PBs (1:46.63/49.45) during the second round of racing.

Mark Szaranek was a second behind Dressel in the 200 freestyle with a 1:54.51, while Luigi Franco was next in a 1:54.66. In the 100 butterfly, Dressel will be joined by Davidson Vincent (55.19) as second seed, Martin Espernberger (55.25), Mitchell Ledford (55.55), Gage Hulbert (55.70), and Yeizel Morales (55.85).

Other top seeds heading into tonight’s finals are Zoe Skirboll in the women’s 100 breaststroke (1:11.46), William Heary in the men’s 100 breast (1:04.66), and Canadian Olympian Summer McIntosh in the women’s 100 butterfly (59.82).

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Ol' Longhorn
9 months ago

No wonder MA didn’t swim a 400 IM. What man wants to be beat by a woman?

Anonymoose
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
9 months ago

you continue to dissapoint

DresselE
9 months ago

How can Michael Andrew get dq’d and there is no comment about it at all in the article? Usually when an Olympian or elite swimmers gets a DQ it at least pops up somewhere. Anyone know?0

Team (2)
9 months ago

Does anyone know what’s going on with Blair Stoneburg? Stoneburg exited the 2020/2021 season with PB’s of 1:44/4:38/9:34/16:14 in SC free, and 4:14/8:45/16:37 in LC free, and was seemingly going to continue dropping time. She has been far off form lately on multiple occasions and added well over 20 seconds at Olympic trials. Whether she faces some sort of injury or is just simply not tapered, I hope she can get back to the form she left off in. She is an amazing athlete, and is a great open water swimmer too!

swimfast
9 months ago

Side note: Ledecky was 0.01 slower than the 8th place 200 freestyler this morning on the men’s side. Can we please just let her swim with the men already?

Sub13
Reply to  swimfast
9 months ago

I think it says more about the quality of the meet. 1:46.09 is good, but not amazing, for women. It would have been the 41st fastest time last year. But for men that time is terrible.

swimfast
Reply to  Sub13
9 months ago

The point is that usually Ledecky, in some event, is at least in the top 8 for men. Even at Olympic Trials, in the 1500, her world record would almost make finals. Her times are just always beastly for the meets she attends. And yes, 1:56.0 is DIRTY for a female at a mid season prelims rinky-dink meet. It may actually be a record for those criteria.

Troyy
Reply to  swimfast
9 months ago

She was faster in a pro swim series meet last year both in the prelims (1:55.40) and the final (1:54.40) also the year before prelims (1:56.19) and final (1:54.59).

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Troyy
9 months ago

1:56.0 in prelims seems fast to me.

Coach Kyle
Reply to  swimfast
9 months ago

She’d be taking away a spot from a biological man if she swam in the finals. I feel like people have had a problem with that lately but I can’t remember exactly why…🤔

Lisa
9 months ago

Is something going on with Blair Stoneburg? In late 2020/early 2021 she really hit a high with PB’s. She went 1:44/4:38/9:34/16:14 in SC, and 2:02/4:14/8:45/16:37 in LC. She made the national team in the 10K, and was seemingly going to have an impressive Olympic Trials. However, from trials to now she has gone backward. I thought maybe just the pressure, but she hasn’t hit freestyle PB’s or has not even been close to where she was a year ago. It seems very strange because she literally just started staling after a single meet in May, any word? She is a good swimmer no doubt, but it is a bit strange seeing her go so far backwards (I am referring to… Read more »

Team (2)
Reply to  Lisa
9 months ago

I had the same question

Xman
9 months ago

How do I say this… did Michael Andrew finish the 400 IM without nearly drowning?

Taa
Reply to  Xman
9 months ago

He drowned and they DQ’d him. Pretty harsh.

Xman
Reply to  Taa
9 months ago

Oh yeah?

Anonymous
Reply to  Taa
9 months ago

What was his time?

swimfast
Reply to  Xman
9 months ago

No but I seriously would like to know his overall time, and most especially his final 100 split, if he made it that far..

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  swimfast
9 months ago

He took it upon himself to go a 100 Breast in the 400 IM. Not only embarrassing himself but disrespecting his competitors. Mind you, this was no more than 5-10 minutes before the start of time trials. No words.

Pvdh
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
9 months ago

Dudes straight up talking out his his a$& with this “more yardage, 400im” BS lol

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
9 months ago

I’ll say it again. The dude is in love with 50’s, and if he had his druthers, that’s all he’d swim. He’d surf and try to keep his mom off Twitter the rest of the time. He can say he’s going to put in the work with stroke 200s and the 400 IM, but that’s not where his heart is, and he lacks the Dressel/Phelps/Lochte kill-me-coach-so-I-can-be-the-best mentality. That 1:55 200 IM (which is pretty damn good) was the best we’ll ever see from him.

Anonymous
Reply to  Pvdh
9 months ago

He did swim a 400 IM in California meet. I think he is trying to prepare for 100 breast for Worlds makes sense to me to race it as much as he can.

Ghost
Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

LCM > SCY
Big difference in swimming a 4IM meters!
Swimming an extra round of 50s pace is not training for a 4im!

Anonymous
Reply to  Ghost
9 months ago

You do realize he has swam the 400 meter IM before.

Anonymous
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
9 months ago

He probably beat the swimmers on the first 100.

Barbossa Andrew 🐍
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
9 months ago

What on earth….

Barbossa Andrew 🐍
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
9 months ago

Is there a video???

Spectatorn
Reply to  Xman
9 months ago

result showed DQ so no time and split.

Team Regan
Reply to  Spectatorn
9 months ago

DNF’d

dave
9 months ago

I feel we should have a Virtual World Champs where everyone swims in their own pools but at the same time regardless of time zone. Katie appears ready!

PBJSwimming
Reply to  dave
9 months ago

Todd Desorbo has volunteered to run the timing system 🙂

clocks
9 months ago

What happened to Andrew

Big Mac #1
Reply to  clocks
9 months ago

DQed not sure real, dfs or dns