Ledecky’s World Record Highlights Indy Pro Swim Series Day 1


The 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis got off to a wild start on Wednesday night from the IUPUI Natatorium, as the opening heat produced a massive world record breaking performance.

It was none other than Katie Ledecky, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and 14-time world champion, who stunningly blew by her own world mark in the women’s 1500 freestyle. Swimming in her first race as a professional athlete after a two-year stint in the NCAA with the Stanford Cardinal, the 21-year-old knocked exactly five seconds off her world record in a time of 15:20.48. Her previous best was done at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, where she went 15:25.48. After many thought the native of Bethesda, Maryland had stagnated with her performances at the 2017 World Championships, that is clearly not the case. For a point of reference, she won the gold medal in a time of 15:31.82 last summer in Budapest.

This swim feels reminiscent to Ledecky’s 800 free world record done in early 2016, when she went 8:06.68 at the Austin Pro Swim for her first ‘in-season’ world record. Read more on her world record swim here, and watch the race video here.

Teenage standout Erica Sullivan from the Sandpipers of Nevada took the runner-up spot in 16:09.88, over 49 seconds back. Hannah Moore of the Wolfpack Elite was 3rd, and Leah Smith was notably back in 6th. Check out the full top-8 below.

Women’s 1500m Freestyle Top 8

  1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 15:20.48
  2. Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers of Nevada, 16:09.88
  3. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack Elite, 16:15.37
  4. Megan Byrnes, Unattached (Stanford), 16:20.23
  5. Ashley Neidigh, Unattached (Mvn), 16:21.62
  6. Leah Smith, Tucson Ford, 16:22.37
  7. Madelyn Donohoe, The Fish, 16:26.94
  8. Cassy Jernberg, Indiana Swim Team, 16:27.24

For the men, Zane Grothe of the Mission Viejo Natadores pulled away from Marcelo Acosta around the 600m mark and never looked back, winning easily in 15:05.31. Grothe actually negative the split the race, flipping at 7:33.78 at the 750 and coming back in 7:31.53.

Logan Houck from the Sandpipers of Nevada ended up 2nd in 15:17.42, with PJ Ransford 3rd and Acosta 4th. Check out the full top-8 below.

Men’s 1500m Freestyle Top 8

  1. Zane Grothe, Mission Viejo, 15:05.31
  2. Logan Houck, Sandpipers of Nevada, 15:17.42
  3. PJ Ransford, Club Wolverine, 15:24.69
  4. Marcelo Acosta, University of Louisville, 15:26.68
  5. Ricardo Vargas, Club Wolverine, 15:29.72
  6. Brennan Gravley, Sandpipers of Nevada, 15:32.50
  7. Felix Auboeck, Club Wolverine, 15:44.41
  8. T.C. Smith, University of Louisville, 15:46.79

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Ledecky would’ve been third for guys ? so impressive.


They need to let her compete with the men.


Pay her!!!! dolla dolla bills y’all

Coach Mike 1952

Wow, nothing like making a statement in your first pro race. Great going & congratulations Katie!

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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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