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Katie Ledecky sets national high school record in 500 free

By Bryan Flaherty
Stone Ridge swimmer Katie Ledecky Olympian 2013 metro championship

Stone Ridge's Katie Ledecky during the prelims of the 500-yard freestyle at the 2013 Washington Metro. Interscholastic Swim & Dive Championship. Ledecky broke former O'Connell swimmer Kate Ziegler's national high school record in the event.

Stone Ridge sophomore Katie Ledecky set the national high school record in the girls’ 500-yard freestyle on Friday night during prelims of the Washington Metro Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships.

Her time of 4 minutes 33.14 seconds eclipses former O’Connell swimmer and two-time Olympian Kate Ziegler’s time of 4:33.35 set at the 2006 Metros meet in the same Germantown Indoor Swim Center pool that Ledecky set the record in Friday. Ledecky, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meter freestyle, also claimed the 15-16 year-old national age group record set by Katie Hoff in 2006.

Also in the pool on Friday, Good Counsel’s Jack Conger posted an impressive time of 4:20.58 in the boys’ 500 freestyle. Conger will attempt to break the Jeff Kostoff’s 30-year-old national high school record in the 500 free (4:16.39) and Michael Phelps’ national age group record (4:12.33) during Saturday night’s finals. Last year at Metros, Conger missed the national high school record by 1.12 seconds.

Ledecky and Conger will swim two more individual events during Saturday’s morning prelims. Ledecky is expected to vie for Missy Franklin’s national high school record in the 200 freestyle, while Conger will go after Ryan Murphy’s 100 backstroke national record.

With such a spectacular prelim swim out of Ledecky, it would seem that the American record of 4:30.47, also held by Hoff, may be within Ledecky’s reach in tomorrow night’s finals.

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Good Counsel’s Jack Conger aims to cap prolific run at Metros

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6 Responses to “Katie Ledecky sets national high school record in 500 free”

  1. swimmer XYZ says:

    5 minutes and 33.14 seconds? Seems legit. Don’t you guys ever get your times right?

  2. John says:

    I’m guessing she had a time of 4:33, not 5:33.

    Still, wow. And so cool that she lives in the area!!

  3. Bryan Flaherty says:

    Right you are. Thanks for the catch.

  4. Real time results says:

    Are there real time results for prelims and finals tomorrow? If not can we get twitter updates on all the events? Trying to keep track from out of town. Thanks. Love the site.

  5. Bryan Flaherty says:

    I will be updating live on Twitter @bryanAflaherty. Thanks for following the site!

  6. MDSwimMom says:

    You can get real time results via Meet Mobile, an iPad and Android app. Search for “2013 Metro Championships” and make sure it’s the Feb. 6 to Feb. 9, 2013 meet at GISC, Boyds, MDm and you’ll have the right meet. Results are up for diving finals and 400 relay and 500 free prelim heats. If you look at tomorrow morning’s prelim heats right now, you can see the psych sheet rankings until the info is replaced with results.

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