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.
More from Reachforthewall.com: