Katie Ledecky Breaking NCAA Records

Winning medals in Rio this past summer just wasn’t enough for Katie Ledecky.  She became one of the few American women to grab at least four gold medals in a single Olympic games.  Ledecky came home with four gold medals and one silver medal, breaking two world records in the process.

Ledecky won gold in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 4×200-meter relay races, all freestyle races.  She broke the world record in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyles.  Her sole silver medal was in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

She has now turned her sights towards feasting on the hearts of Division 1 College swimmers in every meet she competes in.

Ledecky is a freshman at Stanford University.  In a recent meet, she swam the 1,650-yard freestyle race and finished epically.  She finished the race with a time of 15:03.92, ahead of the second place finisher coming in at 16:04.25.  The lead was so large that the second place finisher still had four lengths of the pool to swim when Ledecky finished.

Her time broke the NCAA record by 20 seconds and broke the American record (held by Ledecky) by 10 seconds.  Just to put this time in perspective, she would have finished in third place in the men’s standings in the same race.

Taking down this record marks her third as a college athlete.  Ledecky has broken NCAA records in the 500-yard, 1,000-yard and now the 1,650-yard freestyle races.  She has become a master of freestyle swimming and will likely continue her dominate through the remainder of the college season.

John Sill