Summer time McIntosh, a 16-year-old Canadian, snapped a Katie Ledecky profitable streak of 9 years on Friday.
McIntosh broke her personal world junior report to high Ledecky within the 200m freestyle at a Professional Collection swim meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
McIntosh clocked 1 minute, 54.13 seconds, decreasing her world junior report of 1:54.79 from final yr’s world championships. McIntosh grew to become the ninth-fastest lady in historical past within the occasion.
“I’m actually pleased with that swim,” McIntosh, who defeated Ledecky by 83 hundredths, stated on Peacock. “It damage actually dangerous.”
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Ledecky had received all of her home freestyle lengthy course finals of 200 meters or longer after a January 2014 defeat to 2012 Olympic champion Allison Schmitt.
Throughout that nine-year run, Ledecky did lose freestyle races outdoors of the U.S. (together with on the Olympics and world championships) and in short-course (non-Olympic-sized) swimming pools.
She additionally completed ninth in a 200m free on the December 2019 U.S. Open. However at that U.S. Open, she received her comfort last with a time that will have received the highest eight-woman last, after she was ninth within the preliminary heats. So it arguably doesn’t rely as a defeat.
Total, Ledecky was happy along with her performances Friday evening.
Her 200m free time was the second-fastest of her profession amongst meets for this early in a yr.
Eighty minutes later, she received the 400m particular person medley, an occasion she doesn’t swim at championship meets, in 4:36.04, the second-fastest time of her life. That point would have received final yr’s world championships trials and positioned fourth at worlds.
“I’m pleased with that double,” she stated. “I at all times joke that within the second half of my profession, possibly I’ll do it [focus on the 400m IM].”
Ledecky has not introduced publicly whether or not she hopes to race the 200m free on the 2024 Paris Olympics. She is predicted to maintain the 400m, 800m and 1500m frees.
She was fifth in her Olympic 200m free title protection in Tokyo and selected to not swim it at this previous June’s world championships, as a substitute prioritizing her longer races (and profitable all of them).
However Ledecky did swim the 200m free at July’s nationwide championships, posting a time that will have received the world title by 42 hundredths of a second. Granted, not one of the Tokyo Olympic medalists have been on the planet championships last.
Final spring, Ledecky stated that if the 200m free and 1500m free don’t overlap on the 2024 Olympic schedule — the finals have been in the identical session in Tokyo — she could be extra enticed to re-add the 200m free to her program. Later, the Olympic schedule was launched with the 200m and 1500m finals separated by two days.
She has not publicly commented on her long-term 200m free plan in latest months, however she has loads of time to deliberate. The U.S. trials for July’s worlds are the final week of June.
Finally June’s world championships, Ledecky and McIntosh have been the highest feminine swimmers.
Ledecky swept her 4 races — 400m, 800m and 1500m frees, plus the 4x200m free relay. McIntosh received the 200m fly and 400m particular person medley, each in world junior report instances, and positioned second to Ledecky within the 400m free.
They later met at three extra meets in late 2022.
In October, McIntosh edged Ledecky in a 400m free in a Toronto short-course pool (25 meters, fairly than Olympic-size 50-meter swimming pools) by eight hundredths of a second.
In November, Ledecky returned the favor, breaking the 800m free short-course world report in Indianapolis and defeating McIntosh by 10.3 seconds. Additionally they met in a 200m free, with Ledecky inserting second and McIntosh fifth.
In December, they returned to an Olympic-size pool on the U.S. Open in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ledecky received the 400m free by eight hundredths over McIntosh to increase a decade-long win streak in freestyle races of 400 meters or longer in U.S. swimming pools.
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