WATCH: Katie Ledecky Break American Record in Women’s 400 SCM Freestyle


  • Saturday, October 5th – Sunday, October 6th
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Indiana University Natatorium (IUPUI)
  • Short Course Meters (SCM)
  • Group A: Cali Condors, DC Trident, Energy Standard, Aqua Centurions
  • Full Meet Results

Select race videos from meet 1 of the 2019 International Swimming League series, hosted in Indianapolis, are now available via the ISL YouTube channel. That includes a video of the American Record set by Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400 meter free that narrowly-missed the World Record as well.

Ledecky’s swim of 3:54.06 was easily under the American Record set by Katie Hoff in 2010 at 3:57.07. Ledecky last swam in short course meters at the 2013 Duel in the Pool, where she was a 4:02 in the 400 free. USA Swimming has confirmed that they will recognize Americans Records set at ISL meets.

The win was Ledecky’s only one of the meet for the DC Trident.

Also available are the finals of the skins races. While there was still significant money on the line, neither final had a particular point pressure, as both finalists of both the men’s and women’s races swim for Energy Standard. In the women’s finale, Sarah Sjostrom beat Femke Heemskerk. In the men’s final, Florent Manaudou took a gigantic breath off the start (and about a dozen more thereafter), while Ben Proud finished the 50 safely.

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Not sure how much it matters but Ledecky seems to be catching a lot of bubbles with her left hand.


I swear it became worse in that regard when she went to stanford. Like her catch got worse but her stroke rate got higher to even it out and the speed stayed relatively the same


Too bad Titmus and Ledecky weren’t swimming next to each other like at the Worlds.

Cool that fans see them racing each other more than once a year.


Thank god Rowdy isnt commentating!!! Addlington is great



Beach bum j

How many Olympic gold medals do you have? How many world records did you break in your lifetime? Until you and other rowdy bashers can meet or exceed what he has done in your lifetime with swimming then it would probably be smart to not to talk crap about him


you’re rubric for successful announcing has nothing to do with successful announcing.


This is a bad take. I generally like Rowdy and think he is GOOD FOR SWIMMING. That said, being a great swimmer has zero to do with being a great announcer.

Old Man Chalmers

being a good athlete doesn’t make you a good commentator, but if you look at races from 2004 you’ll hear insightful commentary from rowdy. he gets complaints nowadays because his commentary consists of incessant screaming and none of what made him great at his job before. he’s probably too lazy nowadays to put in a good effort.

even if being a great athlete translated into you being a good commentator perfectly, addlington is probably the worst comparison you could make. addlington has 2 individual olympic golds, broke janet evans’ legendary 800 wr and was also world champ in the 800. she has far exceeded rowdy’s athletic achievements

Jim C

Rowdy would have known that Katie swam SCM in the 2013 Duel in the Pool.

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