Katie Ledecky

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Katie Ledecky
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Ledecky at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky
Born (1997-03-17) March 17, 1997 (age 21)
Washington, D.C.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1][2]
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)[2]
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Nation's Capital Swim Club (NCAP)
College team Stanford University
Coach Greg Meehan
Bruce Gemmell

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky (/ləˈdɛki/; Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɛdɛtskiː]; born March 17, 1997) is an American competitive swimmer. She has won five Olympic gold medals and 14 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. She is the current world-record holder in the women's 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle (long course). She also holds the fastest-ever times in the women's 500-, 1000-, and 1650-yard freestyle events.

In her international debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won the gold medal in the women's 800-metre freestyle. Four years later, she left Rio de Janeiro as the most decorated female athlete of the 2016 Olympic Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records. In total, she has won 31 medals (27 golds, three silvers, and one bronze) in major international competitions, spanning the Summer Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships. During her career, she has broken fourteen world records.

Ledecky's success has earned her Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Ledecky was also named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2017, international female Champion of Champions by L'Équipe in 2014 and 2017, United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2016 and 2017, and Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation in 2017.[3] Ledecky's 10 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 14 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships are records in women's swimming.

Personal life

Ledecky before her last individual high school race

Ledecky was born in Washington, D.C.,[4] the daughter of Mary Gen (Hagan) and David Ledecky. Her paternal grandfather, Jaromír Ledecký, was Czech, and came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1947, while her paternal grandmother is Jewish.[5][6][7] Her mother is of Irish descent.[8] Ledecky is Catholic.[9]

Ledecky began swimming at the age of six, due to the influence of her older brother, Michael, and her mother, who swam for the University of New Mexico. Ledecky resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she attended Little Flower School and then 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 record in the 200-yard freestyle. Ledecky finished her high-school career as the holder of the Stone Ridge school record in every swimming event except the 100-meter breaststroke.[11]

During the summer of 2012, she trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club (formerly the Curl Burke Swim Club) under coach Yuri Suguiyama. Following Suguiyama's departure to coach for the University of California, Berkeley, she continued to train with the Nation's Capital Swim Club under coach Bruce Gemmell through the 2016 Olympics. During the summers prior to 2012, she swam for Palisades Swim Team in Cabin John, Maryland. Ledecky accepted an athletic scholarship to Stanford University, where she swims for coach Greg Meehan's Stanford Cardinal women's swimming team.[12]

Her uncle is businessman and New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky.[13]

In December 2016, Ledecky was chosen as a Ship's Sponsor of USS Enterprise (CVN-80) alongside Simone Biles. They are the first Olympians to be given this honor.[14]

Swimming career

2012

US Olympic Trials

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.[15] In Omaha, Ledecky also placed third in the 400-meter freestyle (4:05.00) and ninth in the 200-meter freestyle (1:58.66).[16][17] Her third-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle was the fastest time ever swum by a 15- to 16-year-old American.[18] At 15 years, 4 months, and 10 days, she was the youngest American participant at the 2012 Olympic Games.[19]

Summer Olympic Games

2012 Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:14.63 (AR)

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ledecky qualified to swim in the final of the 800-meter freestyle by placing third overall in the heats with a time of 8:23.84.[20] In the final, Ledecky stunned the field, winning gold by more than four seconds, with a time of 8:14.63, the then second-fastest effort of all time just behind Rebecca Adlington's world record of 8:14.10 set in 2008.[21] In addition, she broke Janet Evans' American record of 8:16.22 that had stood since 1989. In the final, Ledecky went out hard and, by the 200-meter mark, she had already established an almost body-length lead. Her 400-meter split was 4:04.34, a personal best for Ledecky in that distance, and would have placed fifth in the individual 400-meter freestyle. At the 750-meter mark, Ledecky was 3.42 seconds ahead of Mireia Belmonte García, and 0.31 seconds under world record pace. Ledecky won by 4.13 seconds and just missed the world record by 0.53 seconds. Her gold was the first international medal of her career, earning her the 2012 Best Female Performance of the Year and Breakout Performer of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.

2013

At the 2013 US National Championships, Ledecky qualified to swim in four individual events and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, though she later dropped the 200-meter freestyle from her program. At the National Championships, she finished first in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyle, and second in the 200-meter freestyle.

World Championships

2013 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:59.82 (AR)
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:13.86 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 1500 m freestyle 15:36.53 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 7:45.14

At the 2013 World Championships, Ledecky won gold in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle, and in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and set two world records. In winning the 400 through 1500-meter titles, she became the second woman ever to win the events in a World Championships since German Hannah Stockbauer in 2003. In her first event in Barcelona, the 400-meter freestyle, Ledecky became a world champion for the first time by winning in 3:59.82, setting a new American record and becoming the second-fastest performer of all time in the event.[22]

Ledecky speaks to students at Rickard Elementary School in Williston, North Dakota.

In her second event, Ledecky won gold in the 1500-meter freestyle in a world record time of 15:36.53, breaking the record held by compatriot Kate Ziegler by six seconds.[23] In what was a hard-fought race with Dane Lotte Friis, Ledecky overcame Friis in the final few hundred meters after losing the lead at the 300-meter mark, which included a final 50 split of 29.47.

In her third, and first relay event of her international career, the 4×200-meter freestyle, Ledecky and teammates Shannon Vreeland, Karlee Bispo, and Missy Franklin won gold in 7:45.14.[24] Anchor Missy Franklin overtook Australian Alicia Coutts in the last 200 meters, giving the US the gold. Ledecky provided the US with an early lead, swimming the first leg in a personal best of 1:56.32.

In her fourth and last event, the 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky won gold in a world record of 8:13.86, bettering Rebecca Adlington's world record of 8:14.10. Much like the 1500-meter freestyle, Ledecky let Lotte Friis lead most of the race, making a move at the 650-meter mark to eventually win the race by 2.46 seconds.[25]

Ledecky scored more points than any other swimmer to earn the FINA trophy for best female swimmer of the meet.[26]

At year's end, Ledecky was named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. She was also named the best female swimmer for 2013 by FINA Aquatics World magazine.

2014

Ledecky began the year by breaking her own world records in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle at the 2014 Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational in June. Despite being in season and swimming multiple events, Ledecky was able to first break the world record in the 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 15:34.23,[27] bettering her previous mark of 15:36.53. Three days later, Ledecky then broke the world record in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:11.00,[28] bettering her previous mark of 8:13.86.

At the 2014 US National Championships, the qualifying meet for both the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, Ledecky finished first in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle. In the 400-meter freestyle, Ledecky set her third world record of the year by breaking Federica Pellegrini's 2009 world record of 3:59.15 with a time of 3:58.86. With her mark in the 400, Ledecky became the first female since Janet Evans to hold world records simultaneously in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyles.[29]

Pan Pacific Championships

2014 Pan Pacific Championships
Gold medal – first place 200 m freestyle 1:55.74 (CR)
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:58.37 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:11.35 (CR)
Gold medal – first place 1500 m freestyle 15:28.36 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 7:46.40 (CR)

At the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Ledecky won five gold medals and broke two world records. Her wins came in the 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle. Ledecky almost broke the world record in the 800-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 8:11.35. Her world records came in the 400- and 1500-meter freestyles, with times of 3:58.37 and 15:28.36, respectively. She became the first woman to win four individual gold medals at a single Pan Pacific Championship.[30]

Ledecky after breaking the 1500-meter freestyle world record at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

In the 200-meter freestyle final, Ledecky had over a half-second lead on the field at the halfway point before winning by 1.46 seconds with a meet record time of 1:55.74. Less than an hour later, Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle, swimming under her world record pace for most of the race before touching in at 8:11.35, the second-fastest time ever, to win by 7.52 seconds over New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle.[31]

The next day, Ledecky added her third meet record by swimming on the American 4×200-meter freestyle relay team with Shannon Vreeland, Missy Franklin, and Leah Smith. Swimming the anchor leg, Ledecky erased a 1.2-second deficit going into the final leg of the race, passing Australia's Melanie Schlanger with a 1:54.36 split over the final 200 meters. She also swam in the 100-meter freestyle heats.

On the third day of the meet, Ledecky set her fourth meet record in the 400-meter freestyle prelim heats with a time of 4:03.09. That night, Ledecky lowered the record again, setting the first world record ever at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Center with a time of 3:58.37. Ledecky's winning time was over six seconds quicker than American teammate and silver medalist Cierra Runge.[32]

On the meet's final day, Ledecky set her fifth world record of the year, lowering her record in the 1500-meter freestyle by nearly six seconds with a time of 15:28.36. Ledecky swam the second half of the race faster than the first, completing the final 800 meters in 8:14.11—faster than any other woman has completed a regular 800-meter race in a textile suit.[33] Ledecky lapped three competitors in the final and finished 27.33 seconds ahead of silver medalist Boyle. National Team Director Frank Busch described Ledecky's 1500 performance as "the most impressive race I have ever seen, and I've been in the sport for 50 years.... She's blazing a completely different trail than anyone who has come before."[11]

During the championships' closing ceremonies, Ledecky was named the female swimmer of the meet.[34]

At year's end, Ledecky was named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.

2015

World Championships

2015 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 200 m freestyle 1:55.16
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:59.13 (CR)
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:07.39 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 1500 m freestyle 15:25.48 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 7:45.37

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, Ledecky won five gold medals and broke three world records. Her wins came in the 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyles and the 4×200-meter freestyle. Her world records came in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles. Ledecky is the first swimmer to win the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles in a major competition.[35] Ledecky was also named the female swimmer of the meet.

Ledecky began the World Championships by winning gold in the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 3:59.13, a new championship record and almost four seconds ahead of her closest competitor.[36]

Ledecky after her win in the 400-meter freestyle in Kazan

In the heats of the 1500-meter freestyle on the second day of competition, Ledecky broke her own world record in a time of 15:27.71.[37]

On the third day of competition during the morning session, Ledecky swam in the heats of the 200-meter freestyle and qualified first with a time of 1:55.82. In the evening session, Ledecky faced a tough double with the 1500-meter freestyle final and the semi-finals of the 200-meter freestyle shortly after. In the 1500-meter freestyle, Ledecky broke her own world record in a time of 15:25.48.[38] Twenty-nine minutes later, Ledecky qualified 6th in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:56.76.[39]

In her only event on the fourth day of competition, the 200-meter freestyle, Ledecky won her third gold medal of the meet, winning in a time of 1:55.16. Unlike her other races, it was not an easy win for Ledecky, which featured the likes of Missy Franklin and Federica Pellegrini. In the end, Ledecky was able to hold off a fast charging Pellegrini, eventually winning by a 0.16 margin. Ledecky's final 50-meter split of 29.33 was the second-fastest in the field behind Pellegrini's 29.23.[40]

On the fifth day of competition, Ledecky, with Missy Franklin, Leah Smith, and Katie McLaughlin won gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Swimming the anchor leg, Ledecky recorded a split of 1:55.64 and the Americans finished with an aggregate time of 7:45.37.

On the seventh day of competition, Ledecky completed her World Championships run by winning gold in the 800-meter freestyle in a world record time of 8:07.39, breaking her own record by 3.61 seconds.

2016

Ledecky began 2016 at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin. On the final day of competition, she reset her world record in the 800-meter freestyle, clocking a time of 8:06.68.[41] Earlier in the meet, she set world-leading times in the 200- and 400-meter freestyles and a U.S.-leading time in the 100-meter freestyle.

US Olympic Trials

At the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, Ledecky won the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyles to qualify for her second Olympic team. Ledecky opened the Trials with a win and meet record in the 400-meter freestyle (3:58.98). Two days later, she recorded a time of 1:54.88 en route to winning the 200-meter freestyle. On July 1, Ledecky broke Janet Evans's 28-year-old national championship record in the morning preliminary heats of the 800-meter freestyle (8:10.91) before placing seventh that evening in the 100-meter freestyle (53.99). The next day, Ledecky lowered her meet record, winning the 800-meter freestyle final by nearly 10 seconds (8:10.32). With her pair of swims in the 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky took control of the top 11 fastest times in the event's history.[42] At the conclusion of the week, Ledecky was named the female swimmer of the meet.[43]

Summer Olympic Games

2016 Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 200 m freestyle 1:53.73
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:56.46 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:04.79 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle relay 7:43.03
Silver medal – second place 4×100 m freestyle relay 3:31.89 (AR)

Ledecky's first event in the 2016 Summer Olympics was the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, swimming the anchor leg for the United States in both the prelims and final. Ledecky recorded a split of 52.64 in the heats. In the final, she joined Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, and Dana Vollmer and recorded a split of 52.79, helping the team earn a silver medal (behind Australia) with a time of 3:31.89, a new national record for the United States.[44]

Her first individual event was the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky qualified in the heats with a time of 3:58.71, an Olympic record. In the final, she won the gold medal with a world record time of 3:56.46––nearly two seconds faster than her previous record from 2014 and almost 5 seconds ahead of the silver medalist, Jazmin Carlin.[45]

Ledecky swimming at the 2016 Olympic Games

Ledecky won a second gold in the 200-meter freestyle with a personal best of 1:53.73, beating Sarah Sjöström by 0.35 seconds.[46]

Ledecky claimed her third gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, with Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, and Maya DiRado. Swimming the anchor leg again, Ledecky provided the fastest split of the field (1:53.74) to turn a 0.89-second deficit into a 1.84-second victory, stopping the clock at 7:43.03.[47]

She won a fourth gold in her final individual event, the 800-meter freestyle. She qualified in the heats with an Olympic record, 8:12.86, and set a world record in the finals of 8:04.79, over 11 seconds faster than the silver medalist, Jazmin Carlin.

Ledecky accepts her award for "Female Athlete of the Olympic Games" at the U.S. Olympic Committee Team USA Award Show in Washington, D.C.

With three individual titles, Ledecky became the first swimmer to win the 200, 400 and 800 m freestyle at the same Olympics since Debbie Meyer did so in 1968 in Mexico City.[48] Ledecky's final medal total (four golds, one silver) is the most decorated single-Olympics performance by a U.S. female athlete in terms of gold medals, topping Missy Franklin (2012; four golds, 1 bronze), Simone Biles (2016; four golds, 1 bronze), and Amy Van Dyken (1996; four golds).[49] Ledecky was also the 2nd most decorated Olympian at the 2016 games behind Michael Phelps (5 golds, 1 silver).[50]

2017

NCAA Season

During the 2016–17 NCAA season, Ledecky set 12 NCAA records and nine American records while swimming as a freshman for Stanford University.

At the Ohio State Invitational in November 2016, Ledecky lowered her American and U.S. Open marks in the women's 500-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle.[51]

At the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA, Ledecky earned Swimmer of the Meet honors with four American records as Stanford won its first conference title in four years. On the first day of the meet, Ledecky anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay with a 1:40.28 split to break the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with Lia Neal, Katie Drabot, and Ella Eastin. The next day, Ledecky lowered her own mark again in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:25.15.[52] On the meet's third day, she won the 400-yard individual medley in a new American record of 3:57.68 before finishing second to teammate Simone Manuel in the 200-yard freestyle with a personal best time less than a half hour later.[53] On the meet's final day, Ledecky joined Manuel, Neal, and Janet Hu to break the NCAA and American record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

At the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ledecky helped lead Stanford to its first team title since 1998. She reset her American, NCAA, and U.S. Open records in the 800-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, and 400-yard freestyle relay and won a meet-best five race titles overall. On the meet's first day, she recorded the team's fastest split to lower the 800-yard freestyle relay record to 6:45.91 with Manuel, Neal, and Eastin.[54] The next day, she lowered her own record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:24.06, beating the second-fastest performer of all-time, Leah Smith, by nearly five seconds. On the meet's third day, Ledecky's 20th birthday, Ledecky recorded a personal-best time of 1:40.36 in the 200-yard freestyle to edge Manuel and tie Louisville sophomore Mallory Comerford for the title.[55] On the meet's final day, Ledecky set an NCAA record in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:06.90) en route to a championship record in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:07.70), defeating runner-up Smith by 21.19 seconds and lapping all other competitors.[56] In the meet's final event, Ledecky joined Manuel, Neal, and Hu to swim the second leg of Stanford's 400-yard freestyle relay. The team lowered its previous record with a time of 3:07.61, securing a 526.5–366 decision over runner-up California-Berkeley, the largest championship margin of victory since 2003.[57]

Following the season, Ledecky became the first freshman in 35 years to receive the Honda Cup, which recognizes the nation's top female collegiate athlete.[58]

World Championships

2017 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:58.34 (CR)
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:12.68
Gold medal – first place 1500 m freestyle 15:31.82
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m freestyle 3:31.72 (AR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 7:43.39
Silver medal – second place 200 m freestyle 1:55.18

At the 2017 US National Championships, the qualifying meet for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, Ledecky won the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle and earned a spot on six events.

In Budapest, Ledecky broke the World Aquatics Championships' all-time female gold medal record, winning five golds and one silver to bring her career title total to 14.

In her first event, the 400-meter freestyle, Ledecky successfully defended her world title, finishing with a championship record time of 3:58.34.[59] Later that evening, Ledecky swam the third leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle. Joined with Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell, and Simone Manuel, Ledecky recorded a split of 53.83, helping the team win gold with a time of 3:31.72, a new national record for the United States.[60]

Results scoreboard for the women's 1500-meter freestyle World Championship final in Budapest

On the third day of competition, Ledecky defended her 1500-meter freestyle title, winning with a time of 15:31.82. With this win being Ledecky's twelfth World Championship gold medal, Ledecky passed Missy Franklin for the most gold medals won by a female swimmer in long course World Championships history.[61]

On the fourth day of competition, Ledecky tied for silver in the 200-meter freestyle (with Emma McKeon), finishing behind Federica Pellegrini with a time of 1:55.18. This was Ledecky's first international loss in a final in individual event. Notably, in the semifinals the day prior, Ledecky recorded the top time in the semifinals with a time of 1:54.69. She achieved this result less than an hour after swimming the 1500-meter freestyle final.

On the fifth day of competition, Ledecky, with Leah Smith, Mallory Comerford, and Melanie Margalis won gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Swimming the anchor leg, Ledecky recorded a split of 1:54.02, and the Americans finished with an aggregate time of 7:43.39.

Ledecky concluded the meet with a win in the 800-meter freestyle, her fifth-straight title in the event across Olympics and World Championships.

2018

NCAA Season

During the 2017–18 NCAA season, Ledecky set another three NCAA records and two American records while helping lead Stanford to its second straight team title.

At the Texas A&M Invitational in November 2017, Ledecky lowered her American and U.S. Open mark in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:03.31.[62]

Following another undefeated dual meet season, Ledecky earned Swimmer of the Meet honors for the second straight year at the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, sweeping the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley, and 200-yard freestyle. In the 400-yard individual medley, Ledecky broke Katinka Hosszú's all-time record by one-hundredth of a second, finishing in 3:56.53. Stanford earned its second team title in as many years.[63]

At the NCAA Championships, Ledecky won the 500 and 1650-yard freestyle events by record margins and anchored the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team of Katie Drabot, Brooke Forde, and Ella Eastin. Ledecky finished second in the 400-yard individual medley to Eastin, who lowered the record Ledecky set a month earlier at the Pac-12 Championships. In the 1650-yard freestyle, Ledecky re-set her NCAA record in the 1000-yard free with a split of 9:05.89 en route to winning by more than 28 seconds. In the team standings, Stanford beat runner-up California-Berkeley by 220 points, the largest margin of victory in 25 years.[64]

A week following Stanford's championship win, Ledecky announced at the National Press Club that she will forego her final two seasons of NCAA eligibility in order to accept professional endorsement and sponsorship opportunities.[65] She signed with Wasserman sports agent Dan Levy for representation.[66]

Professional career

Ledecky made her debut as a professional swimmer on May 16, 2018, at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she beat her old world record in the 1500-meter freestyle, setting a new world record of 15:20.48. She broke the existing mark by 5 seconds.[67]

Ledecky announcing her partnership with TYR Sport, inc. in June 2018.

Ledecky signed her first sponsorship deal with TYR Sport, Inc. on June 8, 2018.[68]

In July 2018, at the US National Swimming Championships, Ledecky qualified for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships by finishing first in the 200-,[69] 400-, and 800-meter freestyle.[70]

Pan Pacific Championships

2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Gold medal – first place 400 m freestyle 3:58.50
Gold medal – first place 800 m freestyle 8:09.13 (CR)
Gold medal – first place 1500 m freestyle 15:38.97
Silver medal – second place 4×200 m freestyle 7:44.37
Bronze medal – third place 200 m freestyle 1:55.15

At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Ledecky led all swimmers with three individual titles, winning golds in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle. She also took bronze in the 200-meter freestyle and silver in the 4x200-meter freestyle.

On the first day of competition, Ledecky won gold in the 800-meter freestyle with a championship-record time of 8:09.13, topping runner-up Ariarne Titmus of Australia by 7.94 seconds. Just over an hour later, Ledecky took third in the 200-meter freestyle (1:55.15), finishing behind Canada's Taylor Ruck (1:54.44) and Japan's Rikako Ikee (1:54.85).

The next day, Ledecky anchored the United States team of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, and Katie McLaughlin in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Entering the water with a 2.88-second deficit, Ledecky swam the fourth-fastest relay split in history (1:53.84), nearly overtaking Australian Madeline Groves, who touched 0.25 seconds ahead of Ledecky to set a new championship and national record.

On the third day, Ledecky defeated Titmus wire-to-wire in the 400-meter freestyle, posting the sixth-fastest time in history (3:58.50).

Ledecky concluded the championships with another gold medal in the 1500-meter freestyle, winning by a margin of 21.11-seconds (15:38.97).

Honors and awards

Ledecky was a USA Olympic team member in 2012 and 2016, and holds the record for most individual gold medals (10) and overall gold medals (14) at the World Aquatics Championships.

Her combined 14 individual titles at the Olympics (four) and World Aquatics Championships (10) are also a record for female swimmers.

Ledecky has also received the following awards:

Personal bests

As of May 16, 2018
Long course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 25.45 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series – Minneapolis November 12, 2015
100 m freestyle 53.75 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series – Austin January 15, 2016
200 m freestyle 1:53.73 2016 Summer Olympics August 9, 2016
400 m freestyle 3:56.46 2016 Summer Olympics August 7, 2016 WR
800 m freestyle 8:04.79 2016 Summer Olympics August 12, 2016 WR
1500 m freestyle 15:20.48 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis May 16, 2018 WR
400 m individual medley 4:37.93 2016 Atlanta Classic Swim Meet – Atlanta May 13, 2016
Short course (yards)
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
200 y freestyle 1:40.36 2017 NCAA Div. I Championships – Indianapolis, Indiana March 17, 2017
500 y freestyle 4:24.06 2017 NCAA Div. I Championships – Indianapolis, Indiana March 16, 2017 AR
1000 y freestyle 8:59.65 2015 Nation's Capital Swim Club Invite – College Park, Maryland December 13, 2015 AR
1650 y freestyle 15:03.31 2017 Art Adamson Invitational – College Station, Texas November 18, 2017 AR
400 y individual medley 3:56.53 2018 Pac-12 Championships – Federal Way, Washington February 23, 2018

World records

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Age
1 1500 m freestyle 15:36.53 2013 World Championships Barcelona, Spain July 30, 2013 16
2 800 m freestyle 8:13.86 2013 World Championships Barcelona, Spain August 3, 2013 16
3 1500 m freestyle (2) 15:34.23 2014 TWST Senior Invitational Shenandoah, Texas June 19, 2014 17
4 800 m freestyle (2) 8:11.00 2014 TWST Senior Invitational Shenandoah, Texas June 22, 2014 17
5 400 m freestyle 3:58.86 2014 National Championships Irvine, California August 9, 2014 17
6 400 m freestyle (2) 3:58.37 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Gold Coast, Australia August 23, 2014 17
7 1500 m freestyle (3) 15:28.36 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Gold Coast, Australia August 24, 2014 17
8 1500 m freestyle (4) 15:27.71 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia August 3, 2015 18
9 1500 m freestyle (5) 15:25.48 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia August 4, 2015 18
10 800 m freestyle (3) 8:07.39 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia August 8, 2015 18
11 800 m freestyle (4) 8:06.68 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin, Texas January 17, 2016 18
12 400 m freestyle (3) 3:56.46 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 7, 2016 19
13 800 m freestyle (5) 8:04.79 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 12, 2016 19
14 1500 m freestyle (6) 15:20.48 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Indianapolis, Indiana May 16, 2018 21

See also

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Records
Preceded by

Kate Ziegler
Women's 1500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 30, 2013 – present
Succeeded by

Incumbent
Preceded by

Rebecca Adlington
Women's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by

Incumbent
Preceded by

Federica Pellegrini
Women's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 9, 2014 – present
Succeeded by

Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Missy Franklin
Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

2013–2016
Succeeded by
Sarah Sjöström
Preceded by
Missy Franklin
FINA Swimmer of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Katinka Hosszú
Preceded by
Missy Franklin
Swimming World
American Swimmer of the Year

2013–2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Allyson Felix
Simone Biles
USOC Sportswoman of the Year
2012–13
2016 – 2017
Succeeded by
Simone Biles
Incumbent
Preceded by
Serena Williams
Simone Biles
L'Équipe Champion of Champions
2014
2017
Succeeded by
Serena Williams
Incumbent
Preceded by
Simone Biles
Associated Press Athlete of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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