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Katie Ledecky wins race by 54 seconds, breaks record

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Katie Ledecky is back at Stanford and back to pulverizing distance races.

The sophomore and five-time Olympic champion won a 1,650-yard freestyle by 54.45 seconds at a meet at Texas A&M on Saturday night.

The runner-up was in a different heat; Ledecky won her heat by 1:02.16.

Ledecky lowered her own American record, clocking 15:03.31. She had the previous mark of 15:03.92 set last Nov. 20.

Ledecky had every swimmer lapped in the 25-yard pool before the halfway point and ended up lapping everyone twice.

The men also raced a 1,650 on Saturday. The winner clocked 15:18.95, which was 15.64 seconds slower than Ledecky’s time.

Full results are here.

The 1,650 is the longest race on the NCAA program, while the longest race at the Olympics and world championships is the 1500m.

The No. 2 woman all-time in the 1,650 is triple 2008 Olympic medalist Katie Hoff, a full 21.04 seconds slower.

Ledecky owns the 1500m world record, too, 13.4 seconds faster than any other woman in history.

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Study shows which colleges produce most U.S. Olympians

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Want to be an Olympian? Go West, young athlete.

An OlympStats.com study found that Stanford, UCLA, USC and the University of California were the top colleges or universities attended by the 9,000-plus Americans to compete in Olympic history.

Olympic historians Bill Mallon and Hilary Evans spent the summer compiling the statistics.

They found that Stanford had at least 289 Olympians, followed by UCLA with 277, USC with 251 and Cal with 212.

Stanford and UCLA tied for the most Summer Olympians with 280.

The most Winter Olympians? The University of Minnesota with 93, more than two-thirds being hockey players.

Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale dominated the early editions of the Summer and Winter Olympics.

But USC topped the list at every Summer Games from 1928 through 1964 (tied with Cal in 1948). UCLA’s run went from 1968 through 2004. Stanford had the most in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

In Winter Olympics, the University of Utah topped the 2002 and 2006 teams, followed by Utah’s Westminster College in 2010 and 2014. Many skiers and snowboarders who train in Park City take classes at those two schools.

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Katie Ledecky first freshman to win Honda Cup in 35 years

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Katie Ledecky wasn’t named the best athlete in her own conference, but she did take the Honda Cup, awarded to the NCAA female athlete of the year.

She’s the second freshman to win the Honda Cup and the first in 35 years after triple 1984 Olympic champion Tracy Caulkin.

Ledecky, a four-time Rio Olympic champion, beat out finalists include Washington basketball star Kelsey Plum. Plum broke the NCAA women’s scoring records for a single season and a career.

Earlier this month, Plum was named the Pac-12 Network athlete of the year over Ledecky.

In her first year at Stanford, Ledecky became the first swimmer in 29 years to sweep the 200-, 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle NCAA titles.

The last swimmer to win the Honda Cup was Missy Franklin for her sophomore season in 2014-15.

Ledecky is in Indianapolis to compete this week at the USA Swimming National Championships, part of the TeamUSA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast.

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