SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers about one of the more notable barriers that could be challenged at women’s NCAAs:
Question: Will Katie Ledecky break 15 minutes in the mile at NCAAs?
- Yes – 73.1%
- No – 26.9%
Less than one day away from the race itself, nearly three-quarters of SwimSwam voters said they believe Katie Ledecky can break fifteen minutes in the 1650 freestyle.
The drop would be a pretty substantial one for Ledecky – at least 3.32 seconds from her 15:03.31 lifetime-best. That’s not a huge amount in a mile, but when one is as fast as Ledecky is, dropping significant time becomes a major challenge. That’s the upshot of a 500 free last night that saw Ledecky put up the 5th-fastest swim in history but still not approach her lifetime-best.
On the other hand, there’s reason to believe she can do it, based on historic in-season swimming in the 1000 and 200 frees. As we laid out in our event preview here. Ledecky has been significantly faster in 1000 free/200 free dual meet doubles than she has in previous years.
But another downside is that Ledecky has to swim two 400 IMs the day before, an intensely grueling race that may take primary focus for Ledecky, who will have a tough battle with teammate Ella Eastin in the IM but should win the 500 and 1650 with ease.
Ledecky will swim the event tomorrow night at day 4 finals, where we’ll see if SwimSwam voters’ overwhelming support of Ledecky doing unprecedented things is supported or not.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters about new reports that USA Swimming is laying the groundwork for alcohol sales at senior-level swim meets.
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