Sport: Katie Ledecky breaks record in Olympic Trials finale, joined on team by Little Flower buddy

Michael Phelps' presence lingers at Olympic swimming trials 5 years after his last race

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In Bethesda, she attended Little Flower School through eighth grade and graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in 2015.[10] During her high school swimming career, Ledecky twice set the American and US Open record in the 500-yard freestyle and twice set the national high-school At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska (her first senior national competition), Ledecky made the Olympic team by placing first in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:19.78, which was over two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kate Ziegler.[17] In Omaha, Ledecky

Ledecky is one of at least two swimmers the Americans are counting on to be big stars at these American Swimmer Breaks Record in Qualification for Olympics as Katie Ledecky Secures Team Katie Ledecky secured her spot on Team USA for her third Olympics , while 18-year-old Torri Then and Now: The ' Final Five' US Gymnastics team that won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Katie Ledecky broke the female record for most Olympic Trials wins. She’s joined on the team for Tokyo by an elementary schoolmate.

  Katie Ledecky breaks record in Olympic Trials finale, joined on team by Little Flower buddy © Getty Images

Ledecky made it four for four in victories to finish her work in Omaha, taking her signature event, the 800m freestyle, on Saturday night. She owns the 23 fastest times in history.

Ledecky clocked 8:14.62, not one of those top 23 times but still faster than any other active woman has swum. She was followed by 15-year-old Katie Grimes, 5.74 seconds behind. Grimes is the youngest U.S. Olympic swimmer since Ledecky in 2012.

It’s Ledecky’s eighth career Olympic Trials win, dating to 2012. She breaks a record she shared with Tracy Caulkins and Katie Hoff.

Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus: Swimming's Record-Chasing Rivalry Heats Up Ahead of Tokyo Games

  Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus: Swimming's Record-Chasing Rivalry Heats Up Ahead of Tokyo Games Decorated Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky will be in for a pair of serious battles at the Tokyo Olympics with Australia's Ariarne Titmus eager to chase records. OMAHA, Neb. — The thunder from down under is real, and you know Katie Ledecky can hear it.For Americans who have not been paying close attention to the swimming world, here is your early warning signal: superstar Ledecky will be in for a pair of serious battles in the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, it’s perfectly fair to stamp her as the underdog in both the 200- and 400-meter freestyles—events she won five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

Official profile of Olympic athlete Katie LEDECKY (born 17 Mar 1997), including games, medals, results, photos, videos and news. The youngest athlete on Team USA at the Games that year, the 15-year-old had earned her trip to London Continuing in the same vein, a 17-year-old Ledecky improved on her 800m world record in Ledecky breaks own world record to take 800m gold.

Ariarne Titmus powered passed Olympic champion Kate Ledecky in the final lap. In her victory the 18-year-old denied Ledecky a fourth straight 400m world title. Titmus has one thing on her mind - competing in the Summer Olympics . 'But Katie is a true champion. To do something like this I suppose every girl who does middle distance freestyle dreams of doing.' Titmus said she is sure Ledecky will be back in her best form in time for the Olympics in 2020 Tokyo Olympics . The Tasmanian-born teenager grew up in Launceston and was always in the family's 15-metre pool.

Michael Phelps holds the overall record with 16 victories, which Ledecky could approach if she swims through the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Ledecky finished Trials ranked No. 1 in the world this year in the 800m and 1500m frees and No. 2 in the 200m and 400m frees (behind Australian Ariarne Titmus). Her best 2021 times in the 200m, 400m and 800m were NOT at Olympic Trials, indicating she did not significantly taper for the meet.

“I haven’t been super happy with my times, but I still feel like I’m in a good spot,” Ledecky said on NBC.

Also Saturday, Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian qualified into Sunday’s 50m free finals to keep their chances alive of making the team. Both Olympic champions failed to make the 100m free final, making the 50m their only shot.

Murphy, Regan Smith win backstroke races at US swim trials

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Katie Ledecky set an Olympic record with the fastest time in the 800m freestyle preliminaries. Ledecky , 19, swam the 16-lap event in 8 minutes, 12.86 seconds. The old mark of 8:14.10 was set by Britain's Rebecca Adlington in 2008. Ledecky 's time was nearly seven seconds faster than anyone else. She will swim the final Friday night, seeking to complete a sweep of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles for the first time since the 1968 Mexico City Games. Ledecky also crushed her world record in the 400m freestyle.

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World-record holder Regan Smith finished third in the 200m backstroke, missing the team by one spot. Smith previously qualified in the 100m back and the 200m butterfly.

Instead, Rhyan White won in 2:05.73, 2.38 seconds slower than Smith’s world record, to qualify in both backstrokes. Phoebe Bacon, 18, finished second to clinch her first Olympic berth, .33 ahead of Smith.

Bacon went to the same elementary school as Ledecky — Little Flower School in Bethesda, Maryland. When Ledecky was in fourth grade, she was paired with a “little buddy” in pre-kindergarten. That was Bacon.

Bacon followed Ledecky to Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Though Bacon didn’t matriculate at Ledecky’s Stanford, she did choose Ledecky’s former coach, Yuri Suguiyama, now the head coach at Wisconsin.

“[Ledecky] is always asking me about my swimming, and, of course, I’m always reading and watching about her swimming. I’m always asking her about hers,” Bacon, a rising sophomore in Madison, said last month. “She’s a really great person for me to look up to and a big help, I would say, for my swimming career.”

Katie Ledecky finally gets to swim the 1,500 freestyle at the Olympics, but swimming still isn't equitable

  Katie Ledecky finally gets to swim the 1,500 freestyle at the Olympics, but swimming still isn't equitable Katie Ledecky made history Wednesday night when she became the first U.S. woman to ever qualify for the Olympics in the 1,500-meter freestyle — and she did it in her typically dominant fashion. The women's 1,500 free will debut at the Tokyo Olympics this…The women’s 1,500 free will debut at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, finally offering Ledecky a chance to swim her best race on the sport’s biggest stage. She owns the 10-fastest times ever in the event, including her world record.

Two finals totaling 1,700 meters of swimming separated by an hour would be a daunting slate for most. But it’s becoming old hat for Katie Ledecky . On Wednesday night, the greatest distance swimmer in history tackles what on the surface looks like her toughest session of the eight-day U.S. Olympic Five events later on the program, Ledecky dives in for the first Olympic Trials women’s 1500m free final in history. The event — along with the men’s 800m free — was added to the Olympic program for Tokyo. But Ledecky said her hardest session was actually Tuesday morning — a 200m free prelim

Also Saturday, Caeleb Dressel won for the second time in as many finals in the 100m butterfly. Dressel, the world-record holder and world champion, is joined on the team by Tom Shields, whose wife rescued him in 2018.

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