We love watching Katie Ledecky swim. She’s aggressive, she’s poised, and she’s cool under pressure.
But even more than that, we love writing about Katie Ledecky‘s swims. She sometimes makes our lives too easy. That’s because her swims are so good, so dominant, so disparate in quality from anything we’ve seen in at least a generation, and probably longer, that the stats just flow out of the calculators. There’s no hunting for a storyline – it’s a king’s ransom of storylines to follow.
Among all of the NCAA Records on the books, Ledecky’s swim is the only record whose average pace is an NCAA A cut for a shorter distance. In other words, her average 500 yards of the 1650 swim comes out to a 4:33.9, which is .9% better than the NCAA A cut in a standalone 500 yard free.
- Katinka Hosszu‘s 400 IM record is 3:56.54 (1:58.2 is 2.5% above the A cut for the 200 IM)
- Ledecky’s 500 free record is 4:26.46 (1:46.58 is 2.9% above the A cut for the 200 free).
It’s always Ledecky or Hosszu, the world’s two best female swimmers at the moment. Also, Ledecky’s mile record is the furthest on the books below the current A cut (5.2% under). Next is Dressel’s 50 (4.7% under).