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.
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.