Katie Ledecky, who has broken 13 world records, set her first NCAA record on Saturday, lapping everybody in her race and winning by 34.85 seconds.
Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion and Stanford freshman, took 10 seconds off the NCAA mark in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a duel meet with Texas on Saturday. She had lapped the other four swimmers with a little less than 200 yards to go.
Ledecky clocked 9:10.49 in Palo Alto, crushing Rio teammate Leah Smith‘s mark from the 2016 ACC Championships by 10 seconds. To Smith’s credit, her time came in the first 1,000 yards of a 1,650-yard free. The 1,000-yard freestyle is not contested at the NCAA Championships.
Ledecky’s American record in the 1,000-yard free is 8:59.65, set Dec. 13.
Ledecky is just three meets into her NCAA career, but here’s where her top times this season compare to NCAA records in other distances:
Ledecky’s Stanford best: 4:33.94
NCAA record: 4:30.37 (Smith)
Ledecky’s American record: 4:26.58
Ledecky’s Stanford best: 1:44.18
NCAA and American record: 1:39.10 (Missy Franklin)
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