Ledecky: “It didn’t feel very good” (Video)

Captured by Katrina Radke (@katrinaradke_), produced by Coleman Hodges. 

Reported by Anne Lepesant.

Another race, another pool record for NCAP’s Ledecky. Ledecky was out a tad faster tonight than in heats, and she came home harder as well. Ledecky split 1:59.13/2:03.42 to establish not only a new pool record of 4:02.67, but also the fastest time in the world so far this season.

Leah Smith of Virginia was only 1/100 off her personal best, finishing in second place with 4:04.67, also a world top-3. Smith was two body lengths behind Ledecky at the 300 wall, but she outsplit her by a second on the seventh 50 and began to move up on the world record-holder. Ledecky, who breathes to her right, clearly saw Smith gaining on her as they raced for home; she put her legs into it and finished with 29.55, more than 2 seconds faster than her previous 50.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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