Ledecky wins 200 free at U.S. swimming nationals; former NBAC member Schmitt takes 2nd
By Beth Harris
Jul 26, 2018 at 11:15 PM
IRVINE, CALIF. — 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.
Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the United States national swimming championships. Bel Air’s Chase Kalisz finished sixth in the 200 butterfly.
By Beth Harris
Jul 26, 2018 at 12:05 AM
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 1:54.60. Also earning trips to Japan were third-place Gabby Deloof and Olympian Leah Smith, who was fourth.
The foursome will comprise the 4x200 free relay at Pan Pacs, reuniting Ledecky and Schmitt, who first swam a relay together at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Andrew Seliskar surprised a field including five Olympians to win the men's 200 free in 1:45.70, third-quickest in the world this year.
Micah Sumrall, who took time off after failing to make the 2016 Olympic team, won the 200 breaststroke by 1.26 seconds. Sumrall, who used to swim under her maiden name of Lawrence, touched in 2:22.06, fourth-best in the world this year. Lilly King, the Olympic 100 breast champion, was fifth.