Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Robert Gibbs.
ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES AT MESA
- Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, April 16, 2016
- Skyline Aquatic Center
- Mesa, Arizona (same as Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7 hours)
- Prelims 9AM / Finals 5PM (12PM/8PM Eastern Daylight Time)
- Psych Sheet
- Live Stream
- Live Results
- Meet Central
- Saturday AM Program
WOMEN’S 800 METER FREESTYLE – FASTEST HEAT
- FINA A: 8:33.97
- S. Olympic Trials: 8:49.99
Top Three (all heats):
- Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital Swim Club, 8:13.20
- Lotte Friis, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 8:27.85
- Cierra Runge, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 8:32.21
Katie Ledecky stayed close to own world record pace for the first few hundred meters, but backed off the pace in the second half and ended up with “only” a 8:13.20, still a full 14 seconds than the 2nd-place finisher, Lotte Friis (8:27.85). Sierra Schmidt was behind Ledecky and Friis through the 500m mark, but faded a bit down the stretch while Cierra Runge picked it up and finished 3rd in 8:32.21. Kristel Kobrich took 4thth in 8:34.24, followed by Becca Mann in 8:35.35. Schmidt ended up in 6th place, touching in 8:37.84. Joanna Evans and Kaitlin Pawlowicz took the final two spots in 8:48.63 and 8:53.90, respectively. No swimmer from the earlier heat finished in the top 8.