Race Vault: Videos of Conger & Ledecky Swims From Metro Champs

  17 Braden Keith | February 10th, 2013 | High School, News

For anyone looking to catch up and watch all of the record-breaking swims from Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger during finals of the 2013 Metro Championships on Saturday, we’ve got all of the videos together for you right here in one place, thanks to Matt Rees.

Start above with the big kahuna, Conger’s 500 free 4:13 that took down a 30-year old record, and work your way down as Ledecky and Conger took on record-after-record in Maryland.

Katie Ledecky swims a 4:31.38 in the 500 free to break her own National High School Record, which is now faster than the NCAA Record:

Katie Ledecky swims 1:42.96 in the 200 free, breaking Missy Franklin’s National Independent High School Record:

Jack Conger swims a 42.86 leading off Good Counsel’s 400 free relay, a new National Independent High School Record:

Jack Conger breaks Metros Record in the 100 backstroke with a 46.76, though that’s far off of where he was at Winter Nationals for the NAG Record:

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Can we talk about the double breathing that goes on in 500 and up freestyles? Conger pulled the Sun Yang there. 2 breaths first 2 strokes off nearly every wall. Is the net gain of those breaths greater than the energy then output to get back up to speed? Numerous others use double breaths earlier in races (Martin from UGA last year NCAA Champ) generally within the first 200-300. Thoughts?

cynthia curran

Is ledecky the female version of thorpe with such versatility over all freestyle distances ? No. a Shirley Basashoff or Shane Gould, both made the olympics I think from 100 to 800 or 100 to 400 or Debbie Meyers winner of 200,400, and 800 in 1968. Gould also won the 200 IM.

cynthia curran

Ledecky has also swum past the NCAA record already in the 1000 Free by a significant margin, I think by about 6 seconds. Pretty impressive when you consider also that she swam an anchor 50 Free split of :22.27 in a relay this weekend when the independent high school individual 50 Free record is :22.24 and overall hs record is 21.99.

The thing I see is distance girls freestylers sometimes lose it as they age, a lot of yardage that swimmers like Ledecky have to do in practice and you get burn out by 15,000 to 20,000 yards or meters workouts.

Trust me, she’s not doing 15-20k workouts.

The thing about Ledecky is that she’s a remarkably powerful swimmer for a distance swimmer. Even if her amazing ability to take races out hard and then finish so well fades as she gets older, I see her having a great career as a 200/400 type girl.


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