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Ledecky wins 200 free at U.S. swimming nationals; former NBAC member Schmitt takes 2nd

Ledecky wins 200 free at U.S. swimming nationals; former NBAC member Schmitt takes 2nd

Katie Ledecky led all the way to win the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships on Thursday night, earning a second individual event to swim in Japan next month.

Ledecky touched first in 1 minute, 55.82 seconds, second-fastest in the world this year behind her top time of 1:54.66 she swam in June. Looking on was Lakers great Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters.

Ledecky qualified to swim the event at the Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo in August, as well as the 800 free after winning it on Wednesday.

Swimming in the next lane, three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt chased Ledecky the entire race and finished second in...

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