(L-R) Hali Flickinger. Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky pose on the podium following the women's 200m freestyle at Swimming Winter National Championships on Nov. 30, 2018 in Greensboro, NC.
It was another day in the spotlight for five-time Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky as she continued to barrel through the 2018 U.S. Winter National Championships. Ledecky claimed her third crown in three days in the women’s 200-meter freestyle on Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The event saw her up against former Stanford teammate and fellow Olympic champion Simone Manuel as well as 2016 Olympian Hali Flickinger. Ledecky had a dominant swim with a time of 1:55.32, fastest in the world this year. Manuel was second in 1:57.92 and Flickinger, competing in her second race of the evening, was third with a time of 1:59.34.
Theirs were among several notable performances from some of the nation’s top swimmers.
2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley got the victory in the men’s 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:49.33. Mitch D’Arrigo was just behind him, coming in second in 1:49.63, and Carson Olafson was third in 1:49.84.
Micah Sumrall continued her strong comeback year with a win in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:07.51. Sophie Hasson was second (1:08.15) and Kelsey Wog was third (1:08.58).
In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Nic Fink took the crown with a time of 1:00.18, narrowly edging the top finisher in the prelims, Kevin Cordes, whose finals time was 1:00.22. Jonathan Tybur was third in 1:01.11.
Madisyn Cox not only won her second event at nationals but also set a personal best in the women’s 400 IM.
Cox won the first event of the evening, one day after winning the 200 IM, in a time of 4:38.52. Her previous best was 4:38.85, a mark set at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska nearly two and a half years ago. Emma Weyant was second in 4:41.20 and Flickinger was third in 4:41.24.
Olympian Jay Litherland got the victory in the men’s 400 IM, posting a time of 4:20.15, more than three second faster than second-place finisher Jason Louser, who had a time of 4:23.99. Tristan Cote was third in 4:24.61.
Amanda Kendall earned the gold spot in the women’s 100-meter butterfly, coming in at 57.80. Olivia Bray was second in 58.55 and Torri Huske was third in 59.27.
In the men’s 100-meter butterfly, Giles Smith took the top spot in 52.94 ahead of Daniil Antipov (53.38) and Kevin Mendoza (53.64).
Finishing up the night, Canadian and world champion Kylie Masse won the women’s 100-meter backstroke, cracking the one-minute mark with a time of 59.27, followed up Phoebe Bacon in 1:00.02 and Ali Deloof in 1:00.53.
Christoper Reid was victorious in the men’s 100 backstroke in 53.95 while Pebley picked up his second medal of the night finishing secon in d 53.99. Marcus Thormeyer was third in 54.09.
The winter nationals, which run through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center, are the first opportunity for athletes to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.