Katie Ledecky breaks pool record, then does it again 6 minutes later
Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky broke three pool records at California on Saturday, but read on for her most impressive feat of the day.
Ledecky’s first pool record came via winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9 minutes, 20.41 seconds, lapping all but one swimmer and winning by 26.06 seconds. It gets better.
She got out of the pool and then jumped back in the very next event, the 200-yard free. There, she prevailed by .95 over Stanford teammate and Olympic 100m free champion Simone Manuel. Also the fastest time ever in Cal’s pool.
Ledecky’s two pool records were set within six minutes of each other, according to Stanford’s live posting of results.
She then took a bit of a break and, 47 minutes later, broke the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle, winning by 8.97 seconds.
Ledecky’s most impressive win of the trio had to be the 200 free. On Nov. 19, Manuel beat Ledecky in a 200-yard free, handing Ledecky her first loss in a freestyle race longer than 100 meters since Jan. 18, 2014.
Now, Ledecky goes into the Pac-12 Championships next week and the NCAA Championships in four weeks with the upper hand on Manuel.