Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky broke three pool records at California on Saturday, but read on for her most impressive feat of the day.
Ledecky’s first pool record came via winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9 minutes, 20.41 seconds, lapping all but one swimmer and winning by 26.06 seconds. It gets better.
She got out of the pool and then jumped back in the very next event, the 200-yard free. There, she prevailed by .95 over Stanford teammate and Olympic 100m free champion Simone Manuel. Also the fastest time ever in Cal’s pool.
Ledecky’s two pool records were set within six minutes of each other, according to Stanford’s live posting of results.
She then took a bit of a break and, 47 minutes later, broke the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle, winning by 8.97 seconds.
Ledecky’s most impressive win of the trio had to be the 200 free. On Nov. 19, Manuel beat Ledecky in a 200-yard free, handing Ledecky her first loss in a freestyle race longer than 100 meters since Jan. 18, 2014.
Now, Ledecky goes into the Pac-12 Championships next week and the NCAA Championships in four weeks with the upper hand on Manuel.
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After two and a half weeks of brilliant sport, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will officially close.
NBCOlympics.com: How to watch the Closing Ceremony
The Winter Olympics have born witness to some truly remarkable events, from Ester Ledecka winning two gold medals in two different sports to Team USA’s improbable curling run.
Jessie Diggins, who won the U.S.’s first cross-country Olympic gold with teammate Kikkan Randall, will be the flag bearer for the United States.
Join Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir as they host the Closing Ceremony on TV and online at primetime.
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History was made in PyeongChang in all sorts of ways, but the U.S. figure skaters put their name in the books at these Winter Games.
Here’s a look at all the ways figure skaters from Team USA pushed the sport forward in 2018.
Nathan Chen is the first skater to hit five clean quads in a free skate at the Olympics
Nathan Chen was disappointed in his short program, where he took a few unexpected tumbles. With medal contention seeming out of the picture, Chen was able to freely skate without pressure.
Despite missing his first quad attempt, Chen nailed the subsequent five to move all the way up to fifth place.
Mirai Nagasu is the first U.S. woman to do a triple Axel at the Olympics
It was this moment that really put the Americans in medal contention for the team event. A move rarely done by any competitors at all, Nagasu laid it all on the line and perfectly executed her triple Axel.
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