Katie Ledecky laps everybody, shatters her first NCAA record (video)
Katie Ledecky, who has broken 13 world records, set her first NCAA record on Saturday, lapping everybody in her race and winning by 34.85 seconds.
Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion and Stanford freshman, took 10 seconds off the NCAA mark in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a duel meet with Texas on Saturday. She had lapped the other four swimmers with a little less than 200 yards to go.
Ledecky clocked 9:10.49 in Palo Alto, crushing Rio teammate Leah Smith‘s mark from the 2016 ACC Championships by 10 seconds. To Smith’s credit, her time came in the first 1,000 yards of a 1,650-yard free. The 1,000-yard freestyle is not contested at the NCAA Championships.
Ledecky’s American record in the 1,000-yard free is 8:59.65, set Dec. 13.
Ledecky is just three meets into her NCAA career, but here’s where her top times this season compare to NCAA records in other distances:
Ledecky’s Stanford best: 4:33.94
NCAA record: 4:30.37 (Smith)
Ledecky’s American record: 4:26.58
Ledecky’s Stanford best: 1:44.18
NCAA and American record: 1:39.10 (Missy Franklin)
Stanford’s next meet is at Ohio State this weekend. The full schedule is here.