Bethesda's Ledecky named USA Swimming Athlete of Year


Bethesda's Ledecky named Athlete of Year

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of Bethesda was named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday. The 16-year-old also took home the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking performance in the 1500-meter free at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky earned four gold medals and broke two world records at the event. She broke world and U.S. records in the 1500-meter and 1800-meter freestyle and won gold in her first international relay, the women's 4x200-meter free. Ledecky also won gold and set the American record in the 400-meter free, becoming the first U.S. woman to break four minutes in the event.

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Mystics clinch No. 3 seed in playoffs, will face Dream

Tayler Hill scored 16 points, and the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty, 70-52, to clinch the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Kia Vaughn tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Mystics (17-17), who will face Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) and the second-seeded Atlanta Dream in the first round of the playoffs. Kelsey Bone scored 11 points and Toni Young added 10 for New York (11-23), which finished the year with seven straight losses. Washington took a 17-15 edge into the second quarter and never trailed after that.

College field hockey: Six players scored as the No. 2 Maryland field hockey team shut down Miami (Ohio), 6-0, on Sunday in the final game of the Terrapin Invitational in College Park. Maryland's defense held the Redhawks (3-4) without a shot until the final two minutes of the first half. "We played such great counter defense, collectively and individually," coach Missy Meharg said. "For most of the game, Miami had zero shots. That's been our goal since last weekend, and even from yesterday. We just wanted to stay focused on defense and really stay vigilant on who's got marks. I was very impressed with our deep defense. I thought Ali McEvoy and Sarah Sprink were tremendous together with that. Our attack penalty corner unit today was absolutely detailed and on fire." Maryland (6-0) outshot Miami 22-7. The Terps will host No. 18 Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Women's college soccer: Senior Emily Banes tied her career high with five points on two goals and an assist, but host Towson (3-4-1) dropped a 4-3 decision to Yale (3-1-0) in two overtimes. ... Junior Jessy Brown headed in a corner kick from classmate Melissa Hummel in the 85th minute to give host UMBC (4-2-2) a 1-0 win over Bucknell (3-5-0).

College sailing: Washington College finished 12th of 18 teams at the Riley Cup, hosted by Old Dominion, over the weekend. Washington was also 17th of 18 schools at the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted by Yale.

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