American Swimming Star Katie Ledecky Comes Out on Top at U.S. Olympic Trials

Katie Ledecky smiles after winning the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

She did it again. Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle (a sprint of 4 laps) and the 1,500 free (30 laps) about 70 minutes apart at the U.S. Olympic trials Wednesday. This places her in good standing for the Tokyo Olympic games.

Her short time between races was planned as “The goal was to get in the warm-down pool as quickly as I could,” she said. This would keep her warmed up for the 1,500.

Ledecky touched the wall far ahead of everyone else with a winning time of 15:40.50 seconds. Even though this was well off her 2018 world record of 15:20.48, it was the fastest in the world this year.

She looks forward the women’s 1,500 free stating it’s about time as it will be making its Olympic debut for the women in Tokyo.

“The men have had the mile in the Olympics since 1908,” Ledecky pointed out. “It’s 2021, and we finally got one.”

The 200 free was one of four gold medals that Ledecky won at the Rio Games. She will get a chance to defend that title after winning in 1:55.11.

Allison Schmitt was second runner-up with time of 1:56.79.  Paige Madden placed third and Katie McLaughlin. Both will go to the Olympics as relay swimmers.

Ella Breedlove