Katie Ledecky owns the 800-meter freestyle to a degree no other swimmer owns any other race.
She holds the nine fastest times in history and most recently set a world record in January at an otherwise uneventful meet in Austin, Texas. In Friday morning preliminaries at Olympic Trials, she swam the best time by more than 10 seconds.
So realistically, the rest of the field is competing for a coveted second 800 spot in Rio de Janeiro. Saturday evening’s final will include two North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers: Cierra Runge and Sierra Schmidt.
A third NBAC swimmer, Becca Mann, missed the final by one spot. Mann came into the event as the second seed, but she...