Women’s 400 Free – Finals – 2014 Austin Grand Prix – reported by Jared Anderson / SwimSwam
2013 was an incredibly good year for Katie Ledecky. It looks like 2014 isn’t off to a bad start either.
Ledecky won the 400 in her usual dominating fashion. Once the swimmers fell into their pace, the winner was never in question even though the field included several internationally-known swimmers. Ledecky went 4:04.46 to win by almost a full 5 seconds over Denmark’s Lotte Friis, who was 4:09.35. Chloe Sutton took home third place in a show of consistency, going 4:12.11, almost exactly what she went in prelims.
Quinn Carrozza held onto the fourth seed, going 4:14.66, and the University of British Columbia’s Savannah King was 5th, a tenth ahead of Ledecky’s new training partner Isabella Rongione. 13-year-old Madison Homovich went about a second faster than this morning’s great swim, but still moved down to 7th place in the final.
A lot of great swims out of the B heat – Leah Stevens cut two and a half seconds off her prelims swim to win in 4:16.10. 10th was Gabrielle Kopenski, just 14 years old, who cut three seconds off her lifetime best, going 4:18.20.