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Ledecky breaks two NAG records in first event as a 15-year-old

By Bryan Flaherty

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Katie Ledecky set two National Age Group records on the opening night of the NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

In her first race as a 15-year-old, Ledecky eclipsed the 15-16 NAG records in the girls’ 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle, held by 2008 Olympian and FISH swimmer Kate Ziegler, during the timed final of the 1,650 freestyle event on Tuesday night.

The Curl-Burke star took her first 1,000 yards of the 1,650 freestyle event out fast, splitting 9:25.07 to break the 1,000 freestyle record, set in 2005, by .44 seconds.

Her pace barely slowed as she pushed through to break her second NAG record in the same race, for a new 1,650 freestyle record of 15:40.38, finishing a full 50 yards ahead of second place.

Ledecky burst onto the national spotlight four months ago when she broke two NAG records in the 13-14 500 and 1,000 freestyle. She later surprised many by winning the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the Missouri Grand Prix in the fourth fastest time swam in 2012 — fastest by an American.

Graduating senior Ellen Anderson (RMSC) finished eighth in 16:37.33. Ledecky’s Curl-Burke teammate Megan Byrnes (13) finished 11th in 16:41.94.

On the other side of the pool deck, RMSC’s Garrett Powell (17) won the boys’ 1,000 freestyle in a time of 8:57.28. Teammate Brady Welch (15) was 17th in 9:18.12.

Tuesday’s events individual events were swam timed finals because neither are Olympic events. Wednesday will be the first day of the short-course preliminaries, followed by long-course finals, where many many young swimmers are still hoping to achieve their Olympic Trials cuts during finals.

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One Response to “Ledecky breaks two NAG records in first event as a 15-year-old”

  1. wyb says:

    Go Katie! Go Garrett! Hope all the PVS kids have great swims this week.

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