KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club/Alto Swim Club) doubled up with wins in the women’s 200-meter freestyle and 400m individual medley Thursday on night two of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Ledecky won the night’s first event, taking the women’s 200m free title in 1 minute, 55.78 seconds ahead of teammate and fellow Olympic champion Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Alto Swim Club/First Colony), who touched second in 1:58.52.
Ledecky, the defending women’s TYR Pro Swim Series champion, followed just over an hour later with the 400m IM victory in 4:39.39 after overtaking fellow Olympian Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) with 35 meters to go. Flickinger finished in 4:39.80 for second.
“I was happy with them,” said Ledecky about her swims. “It was fun to do a double. This morning didn’t feel great, but I felt a lot better tonight and just wanted to get some good racing in.”
The four-day, long-course meters competition runs through Saturday with daily prelims at 9 a.m. EST and evening finals at 6 p.m. EST. All-session and single-session tickets to catch the world’s best swimmers in action are on sale now at usaswimming.org.
Three other U.S. Olympians were victorious on Thursday: Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the women’s 50m backstroke 27.85, Kelsi Dahlia (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics) in the women’s 100m butterfly in 57.86 and Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics) in the men’s 400m IM in 4:18.74.
Other USA Swimming National Team members taking wins included Annie Lazor (Beverly Hills, Mich./Mission Viejo Nadadores) in the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:06.89, Andrew Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the men’s 100m breast in 1:00.57 and Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) in the men’s 50m back in 24.73.
Brazil’s Joao De Lucca won the men’s 200m free in 1:49.48, while Germany’s Marius Kusch took the men’s 100m fly in 52.06.
The Olympic Channel will air live finals coverage from Knoxville at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, followed by a same-day delay broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage on Saturday. A live webcast of prelims will stream online at usaswimming.org.
Across the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, swimmers may earn increased awards for top-three finishes. At each meet, $1,500 will be provided for a first-place finish, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. In addition, one athlete per gender with the highest-scoring prelim swim in an individual Olympic event based on FINA power points will win $1,500.
The TYR Pro Swim Series is being brought to Knoxville in partnership with the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission and Tennessee Aquatics.
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