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.
Marylanders Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Tatyana McFadden and Brad Snyder won Team USA Awards at the United States Olympic Committee's live taping of its Best of the Games ceremony Wednesday night at Georgetown in Washington.
Phelps' journey from the last Olympics — falling out of love with the sport, hitting an emotional bottom, rebounding to enjoy fatherhood and a reinvigorated training schedule — has been well documented. But Schmitt's was just as painful. The five-time Olympic medalist fell into a depression so deep that she sometimes slept away her days rather than face a world that expected the old bubbly Schmitty.
Ledecky, a Bethesda native, produced yet another special moment in her young career by smashing her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle with a scorching 8 minutes, 6.68 seconds Sunday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series.
Bel Air native Chase Kalisz waited two weeks for Sunday's proceedings. He saw fellow Americans earn medal after medal at the FINA World Championships, yet he didn't have the chance to do so until the last day of competition.
Perhaps it was the fact that Bethesda swimmer Katie Ledecky thrives on pulling away early thanks to fast starts. Or maybe it was that Denmark's Lotte Friis chose to challenge her, even outpace her at times, in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle on the third night at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.