Ledecky wins again at nationals, on pace for busy worlds
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[June 29, 2017]
(Reuters) - Katie Ledecky
claimed another national title in another year's best time in
winning the 200 meters freestyle at the USA Swimming national
championships on Wednesday.
The five-times Olympic gold medalist notched her 12th career
national title with a time of one minute 54.84 seconds in
Indianapolis as she ramps up for the worlds in Budapest.
On Tuesday, the opening night of the meet, Ledecky qualified for the
800m freestyle in a year's best time and is also qualified for the
Should Ledecky, who won four golds at the Rio Olympics, finish in
the top two in Friday's 400m free, she will be in line to contest
six events in Budapest, including relays, for her busiest schedule
yet at an Olympics or worlds.
"I’ve been slightly improving throughout the spring," said Ledecky.
"I’m certainly growing my confidence in this race."
Olympic champion Ryan Murphy won the national title in the men's
200m backstroke while Townley Haas earned his first individual
national title with a decisive win in the men's 200m freestyle.
Kevin Cordes won the 200m breaststroke while Caeleb Dressel claimed
his first national title in the men's 50m butterfly and qualified
for his second event after already earning a spot in the 100m
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Katie Ledecky reacts after winning the womenÕs 800m freestyle final
during the 2017 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships at
Indiana University Natatorium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA
Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Lilly King set a
personal best of 2:21.83 in winning the women's 200m breaststroke to
qualify for her first world championships roster.
"I’d gone 2:24 six times since last December, so I was ready for
that breakthrough. Luckily it came tonight," King said. "I knew I
had that in me."
Kathleen Baker won the 200m backstroke in a year's best 2:06.38,
while Kelsi Worrell won the women's 50m butterfly.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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