Paige Madden on Getting COVID Right After NCAAs


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 3:56.46 (2016)
  • American Record: Katie Ledecky – 3:56.46 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 3:57.94 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 3:58.37 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 3:56.46
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Katie Ledecky – 3:58.98
  • Wave I Cut: 4:16.89
  • Wave II Cut: 4:13.28
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 4:07.90
  1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 4:01.27
  2. Paige Madden (UVA), 4:04.86
  3. Leah Smith (CLCK), 4:06.27

She certainly wasn’t thrilled with the time, but Katie Ledecky successfully qualifies for her third U.S. Olympic team as she wins the women’s 400 freestyle by well over three seconds in 4:01.27.

Ledecky, who was two seconds faster than that at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim in April, said she was surprised by the time and thought she had gone significantly faster. Nonetheless, she qualifies for Tokyo, but will have her work cut out for her after Australian Ariarne Titmus blasted a 3:56.90 at the Australian Trials on the weekend.

The runner-up spot goes to Paige Madden, a three-time individual NCAA champion this past season at the University of Virginia, who took a full second off her personal best of 4:05.92 in 4:04.86 to likely etch her name onto her first Olympic team.

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5 months ago

Do we know then if Trenton Julian also got Covid? Will this affect his 200 fly?

Reply to  Kelsey
5 months ago

Yes he did. Amazing that both of them are able to perform at this level after missing two weeks of pretty essential training.

Reply to  Swimmerguy
5 months ago

Gosh I hope he still makes the team I’m really hoping he does

Brien Gerber
5 months ago

Who is this “Paiger Madden” 😀 All jokes aside just pointing it out so it’s corrected!

Brien Gerber
Reply to  Brien Gerber
5 months ago

EDIT: Future readers, it’s been fixed.

VA Steve
5 months ago

Amazing racer. I didn’t know that she got COVID after NCAAs, what a story. Total credit to you Paige. SS, thank you as always.

Last edited 5 months ago by VA Steve
5 months ago

Some college programs (not pros) have been very underwhelming…….maybe many got covid!?!? Any reasons for the poor showing of many college programs?

ACC fan
Reply to  Ghost
5 months ago

Not sure I would agree. UVA, NC STATE, GEORGIA, LOUISVILLE, CAL, TEXAS, TX A &M are rockin’. Might be that many college swimmers are repping their club teams.

Reply to  ACC fan
5 months ago

I’ll point out that everyone always seems to think that if one swimmer from a team is “on,” then they all will be. Some have noted how the Gator women have not excelled compared to the men. Georgia has had some good and some bad. King and Lazor for IU seem dialed in whereas Miller is off. It’s a crapshoot and, unfortunately, not every swimmer from a team will hit their taper right at the same time.

In conclusion, taper is still the biggest mystery known to swimkind.

Reply to  ACC fan
5 months ago


Comerford, Dahlia have hardly rocked in calendar year 2021.

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