Why Is Katie Ledecky Racing 100 Free Instead the 800 and 1500 at the Pro Swim?

10x Olympic swimming medalist Katie Ledecky is mixing up her schedule this season.  At the Westmont Pro Swim, she opted out of the 200 free to race the 400 IM. Why? She’s dropped a 1:54 200m free earlier this season, and sometimes she likes racing the 400 IM instead.  (She pulled up third in the 400 IM behind Hali Flickinger and Leah Smith.)

Coming up at the San Antonio Pro Swim, Ledecky isn’t swimming the 800 and 1500 freestyle. She’s sprinting, sort of, racing the 100, 200, and 400 free. Why? While the 100 free is not her bread and butter, she does swim it in-season, and she did on Team USA’s 4×100 freestyle relay that won silver at the 2016 Olympics.

How fast will Ledecky swim in San Antonio?

  • 400 free? 4:00 would be solid, but she could dip under.
  • 200 free? I’d be happy with another 1:54.
  • 100 free? 54.39 makes sense to me, but she’d turn heads with a 53.9, which isn’t too crazy to predict.  Her PB is a 53.7 from the 2016 Austin Pro Swim, an in-season race! What do you think? It’s definitely a swim I want to see.

Speaking of swims I want to see, going off topic, Caeleb Dressel is entered in the 200 IM. San Antonio will mark the first time this season that he’s swimming it. How fast will he go?  I have no clue where he’s at rest-wise, but his yards PB is 1:38.13. (Does anyone know is meters PB? Share it in the comments.) I think a 1:58 is in cards. What do you think?

Follow Katie Ledecky on Instagram.

Follow Gold Medal Mel on Instagram.


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
6 months ago

I’ll tell you what Mel if Dressel does swim a 1:58 at this meet like you predict he might, then I think he’ll definetely have a legitimate shot at winning this event at worlds, possibly even going close to wr.

6 months ago

Shades of Shane Gould

tea rex
6 months ago

Can we get a Dressel-Ledecky 400 m free? Please??? Time-trial?

6 months ago

Katie secretly wants to be a sprinter (even she isn’t aware of it) With half as much work as she does now, she could be on top of the Word in the 100 and 200 free and win those events by 10s of 1000s of seconds.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  NB1
6 months ago

needs more bench press. No swimming

Just bench

Carl Millholland
6 months ago

Would you rather swim another race you know you’ll walk away with a win, or challenge yourself in events you will struggle to win?

6 months ago

Dressels best time in the 2IM LC is a 1:59.97 at 2019 toyota US open but I think he can go much faster than that now.

6 months ago

Dressel’s 200m IM will be around 2:01

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
6 months ago

OFF TOPIC for Melvin: were you happy that Jessica Chastain won an Oscar for her role as Tammy Faye? How close was her portrayal to your memory of her? Thanks, and keep up the good work!

IU Kicker
6 months ago

Maybe she is swimming those events because they are fun for her.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

Read More »