U.S. Olympic Trials: Ledecky, Phelps Named Swimmers of the Meet


Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital and Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club were named the top female and male swimmers of the meet in the closing ceremonies of this week’s U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials.

This week, the duo were two of three swimmers to pick up a three individual victories apiece (the third was Maya DiRado).

Ledecky started off her week with a victory in the women’s 400 free on Monday night (3:58.98), next winning the 200 free in 1:54.88, then moving on to a finals appearance and seventh-place finish in the women’s 100 free on Friday night (53.99), and finishing off the week with a win and national championships record in the 800 free with 8:10.32. She also competed in the heats of the 50 free.

Phelps swam his first final on Wednesday, winning the 200 fly in 1:54.84. He won a hard-fought battle with Ryan Lochte in the 200 IM on Friday with 1:55.91 and took a packed 100 fly final yesterday with 51.00.

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That looks like a pajama top they are wearing


Where are the matching binkys?


Cute on the ladies, awkward on the men!

Ice age swimmer

That’s exactly what I said when they came out!

Steve Nolan

Phelps didn’t swim in the 100 free? (Lochte did, though I think just prelims.)


Dirado and Adrian would have been more deserving (if you are talking about performance in this meet alone).


I’d also consider Ryan Murphy.

Attila the Hunt

Are you kidding me? For women, Ledecky’s times are much higher in quality than Dirado’s. Ledecky’s 200/400/800 times this week would have either won gold or only beaten by her own times at 2015 world championships. Meanwhile for Dirado, 400 IM (out of medal at 4th), 200 IM (out of medal at 5th), 200 back (out of medal at 4th).


I’m talking about what the accomplished at this meet. Ledecky came in an performed as expected (which as always is phenomenal), and will certainly be the biggest performer in Rio. But for Dirado I thought it was both unexpected and exceptional that she was able to land her spots on the Olympic team.

And as for men I would argue between relays and individual events, Adrian is the most valuable swimmer on the male side we currently have.

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