LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US phenomenon Katie Ledecky closed USA Swimming’s short-course Championships on Saturday with a third title in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 17-year-old who holds the long course world records in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyles, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15min 13.30sec to break her own American record.
The victory followed her triumphs in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events.
Connor Jaeger lowered the American record in the men’s 1,650-yard free that had stood since 2012 with a victory in 14:23.52.
Nathan Adrian, the Olympic 100m freestyle gold medalist in 2012, won the 100-yard free, adding the title to his 50-yard and 200-yard free victories.
Other final-day winners gave the meet an international flavor. Canada’s Brooklyn Snodgrass won the women’s 200-yard backstroke, South Africa’s Dylan Bosch took the 200-yard butterfly and France’s Thomas Dahlia won the 200-yard breaststroke.
For a national championships the meeting was a relatively low-key affair, coinciding with the short-course World Championships in Doha.