On Friday the sophomore sensation, now performing for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, Md.)
, won the 500-yard freestyle in a national-record time of 4:33.14 during the Metro Championships in Boyds, Md. The previous record was 4:33.35 set by Katie Ziegler in 2006.
According to Swimming World Magazine, the 800-meter gold medal champion, who lowered her career best (4:34.53), now holds the sixth-fastest time in USA history for the event. Katie Hoff holds the overall record of 4:30.47.
In addition, Ledecky also holds 15-16 age-group records in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle. She also still owns 13-14 age-group records for 500 and 1000 yards.
Fifteen-year-old Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky continues to make a big splash in swimming, this time on the national high school level.