Katie Ledecky Breaks 500 Free NCAA Record in Prelims at Ohio State Invite
Katie Ledecky has been known to crack out some monster efforts during prelims swims, and she did just that in her very first swim at the Ohio State Invitational Friday morning. The Stanford freshman posted a 4:27.54 in the 500 free, crushing Leah Smith's NCAA record of 4:30.37 from 2015.
That time ranks as the third-fastest performance of all-time, and Ledecky now holds each of the top seven swims on that list. Her American record of 4:26.58 figures to come under fire in finals Friday evening. Ledecky, obviously, was the top qualifier in the event, with the Kentucky duo of Genna Freriks (4:39.34) and Ali Galyer (4:42.27) qualifying second and third, respectively.
This marks the second NCAA record of Ledecky's career after she broke Smith's mark in the 1000 free Saturday. With tech suits and likely some rest for this weekend's invitational, she is a danger to records in any event she competes in.