Olympic Trials: Day 4, Ledecky has a Historic Double Win!

By Reach for the Wall Staff

The second event of Wednesday night’s finals was Women’s 200 Freestyle, where Katie Ledecky (Stanford/NCAP) held the top seed and veteran swimmers Allison Schmitt and Leah Smith were in the field of 8. Allison and Katie traded the lead over the first 150 with Katie hitting final turn .77 ahead of the field. The last 50 sealed it for Katie as she was the only one to split under 30 seconds coming home & touched the wall 1st in 1:55.11, faster than she swam in both prelims and semifinals. Allison Schmitt touched 2nd, Paige Madden 3rd, and Katie McLouhglan 4th, all earning their spots on the Olympic team!

Screenshot of the finish of the 200 Freestyle

The next race featuring a swimmer from the DMV was the Men’s 200 Breaststroke, where Andrew Wilson competed in the first heat of the semifinal. Andrew held the lead in his heat most of the race, touching the wall second to Nic Fink in 2:09.48. This swim was good enough to move forward to finals tonight as the 5th seed. The race should be exciting as there is only a .5 second separation from 1st through 5th seeds.

Screenshot of Andrew preparing to swim the 200 Breaststroke

The Women’s 200 IM featured AAC phenom Torri Huske, who entered the race as the 6th seed. As with her semifinal race, Torri jumped out to the lead in butterfly, and maintained the advantage in backstroke by .66 over Alex Walsh. With a strong breaststroke, Alex took the lead at the 150 and did not relinquish. Alex went on to win the race in 2:09.30, just touching out her UVA teammate Kate Douglass by .02! Torri hit the wall 4th, achieving a personal best of 2:10.38

The final event of the night was the Women’s 1500, an event that is in its inaugural year for the Olympics. There wasn’t much doubt who the favorite was in this race as Katie swam 13 seconds faster than her next challenger in the prelim race. Katie was faster in finals at each 100 and finished the race in 15:40.50, three seconds faster than her prelim swim. Second place went to Erica Sullivan, who touched in 15:51.18, which was 5 seconds faster than her prelim swim!

Katie getting interviewed after her historic 1500 win

Today’s Schedule:

Watch prelims online via NBC and Finals on TV via NBC:

Thursday, June 17 11:00am ESTThursday, June 17 8:00 PM EST
Women’s 100 FreestyleMen’s 800 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 200 BackstrokeMen’s 200 Breaststroke – FINAL
Women’s 200 BreaststrokeWomen’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Individual MedleyMen’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinal
Women’s 200 Butterfly – FINAL
Men’s 100 Freestyle – FINAL
Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinal

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