Ledecky Posts 2018 World-Best 200m Free at TYR Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara

Ledecky Posts 2018 World-Best 200m Free at TYR Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara

By USA Swimming  | Saturday, June 9, 2018

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) posted the world’s fastest time of 2018 in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 54.56 seconds on the second night of competition at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara.

Ledecky out-touched her closest competitor by nearly 3 seconds at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. “That’s exactly where I was hoping to be,” Ledecky said. “I felt like I could go a 1:54 tonight, after going a 55 this morning. I just wanted to put together a really great race and make some adjustments off of this morning’s swim.”

Ledecky’s former Stanford teammate Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming) and fellow Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) opened the session with victories in the 400m IM. Eastin posted a 4:38.99, while Kalisz touched with a 4:11.62 to remain unbeaten in the 400m IM in the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series.

In the 100m butterfly, Kelsi Dahlia (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics) took home the women’s title, finishing in 57.55, while Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks) won the men’s race in 52.20.

Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide) posted a time of 2:09.60, 1 second faster than the second-place finisher, to win the women’s 200m backstroke. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) won the men’s 200m backstroke, finishing in 1:56.06.

Olympians Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana Swim Team) and Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics) both captured the top spots in the 200m breaststroke. King touched the wall in 2:24.97, while Prenot finished in 2:10.15.

Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va./California Aquatics) pushed through for the victory in the men’s 200m free in a time of 1:48.35.

The mixed medley relay closed out the session, as the Krayzelburg squad won the event in 1:43.40.

The four-day meet continues through Sunday with daily prelims at 9 a.m. PDT, followed by finals at 5 p.m.

The Olympic Channel will provide extensive coverage from Saturday’s finals session in Santa Clara starting at 8 p.m. ET. All finals sessions will be streamed NBC Sports, while a live webcast of prelims also will be available at usaswimming.org.



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