Our Olympic Gator
Olympic Gold 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x200m relay freestyle, Silver 4x100m relay, Rio 2016
Olympic Gold 800m freestyle, London 2012
Multiple World Record Holder
Two NCAA titles at Stanford University, 2017 and 2018
A Stone Ridge Girl
Katie was born in Washington, DC, to David Ledecky and Mary Gen Hagan. David Ledecky's father came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1947. Katie began swimming at the age of six, due to the influence of her older brother, Michael. Her mother swam for the University of New Mexico. Katie resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in 2015. During her high school swimming career, Katie set the American and US Open record in the 500-yard freestyle twice, and also set the national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle twice. Katie finished her high school career as the holder of the Stone Ridge school record in every swimming event except the 100-yard breaststroke.
Through the summer of 2012, she trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club (formerly the Curl Burke Swim Club) under coach Yuri Suguiyama. Katie trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club under coach Bruce Gemmell for the 2016 Rio Olympics. During the summers, she did swim for Palisades Swim Team in Bethesda.
Katie has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she swam for coach Greg Meehan's Stanford Cardinal women's swimming team for 2 years. As a freshman, Katie led the Stanford women to their first NCAA team championship in 19 years. In her sophomore year, Katie helped the Cardinal successfully defend that crown, with a 220-point margin of victory. In two seasons, Ledecky won eight NCAA titles and broke 11 American and 15 NCAA records — all while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.
Katie turned pro after the NCAA swim season ended in 2018. She will remain at Standford taking classes and swimming as she prepares for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Katie visits Stone Ridge's Preschool classroom showing the children her five medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Katie speaks with Middle School students about her experience at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the joys of being a Stone Ridge girl.
|1500 m freestyle||15:31.82||2017 World Championships||July 25 2017||20||World Record|
|200 m freestyle||1:53.73||2016 Olympics||August 9, 2016||19||Gold Medal|
|400 m freestyle||3:56:46||2016 Olympics||August 7, 2016||19||Gold Medal, World Record
|800 m freestyle||8:04:79||2016 Olympics||August 12, 2016||19||Gold Medal, World Record
|4x200 m freestyle relay
||7:43:03||2016 Olympics||August 10, 2016||19||Gold Medal|
|4x100 m freestyle relay
||2016 Olympics||August 8, 2016||19||Silver Medal|
|800 m freestyle||8:14.63||2012 Olympics**||August 3, 2012
|1500 m freestyle||15:36.53||2013 World Championships||July 30, 2013||16||World Record|
|1,650 freestyle||15:15:17||2013 Winter National Championships||December 7, 2013||16
|1500 m freestyle (2)||15:34.23
||2014 TWST Senior Invitational||June 19, 2014
|400 m freestyle||3:58.37 (2)
||2014 Pan Pacific Championships
||August 23, 2014
|500 freestyle||4:28.71*||Metro Championships, Boyds, MD||February 8, 2014||17
|800 m freestyle (2)
||8:11:00||2014 TWST Senior Invitational||June 22, 2014
|1500 m freestyle (5)
||2015 World Championships||August 3, 2015
*First woman to break 4 minute, 30 second mark in 500-yard freestyle.
**Won gold in the 800 m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, breaking Janet Evans' 1989 American record.
Katie makes time for a young fan at a high school meet.
Stone Ridge Varsity Swim Team captains lead team cheers!
Photo Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post
- Leading up to Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
- Our alumna making more waves in the news 2015
- Katie's Swim Season - Senior Year 2014-2015
- Swim Season 2013-2014
- Swim Season 2012-2013
- 2012 Summer Olympics Video Coverage
- Olympics 2012 News
- Katie's Swimming Accomplishments 2011-2012
- Fun Stuff & Social Media
In Katie Ledecky’s Amazing Feats, Echoes of a Swimmer From the 1970s
New York Times, August 7, 2015
USA Swimming’s team director has never seen anything like Katie Ledecky
The Washington Post, August 6, 2015
Katie Ledecky pulls off the sports feat of the decade
USA Today, August 5, 2015
Andrew Seliskar and Katie Ledecky Crowned High School Swimmers of the Year
Swimming World Magazine, August 1, 2015
Metros: In farewell, Katie Ledecky breaks her national high school record in 200 free
The Washington Post, February 7, 2015
Katie Ledecky finishes high school career with Olympics, more world records in sight
The Washington Post, February 4, 2015
Swimming World, Swimmer of the Year
Swimming World, December 1, 2014
Katie Ledecky Earns Three Golden Goggle Awards
USA Swimming, November 24 2014
Katie won Female Athlete of the Year, Relay Performance of the Year, and Female Race of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.
Katie Ledecky swims wearing cap of student seriously hurt in car crash
NBC Sports, November 13, 2014
Katie Ledecky Sets World Record in 1,500-Meter Freestyle
NY Times, August 24, 2014
Ledecky wins 5th gold at Pan Pacific Championship; Phelps tallies 3rd victory
Fox Sports, August 24, 2014
As (Very) Fast Friends, Two Young Americans Balance at Sport’s Peak
Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky Adjust to Life as Swimming Royalty
NY Times, August 16, 2014
USA Swimming Nationals: Katie Ledecky wins third consecutive 800-meter freestyle title
The Washington Post, August 6, 2014
Interview Transcript with Katie and Coach Bruce Gemmell
US National Championship, August 5, 2014
Katie Ledecky returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records
The Washington Post, July 5, 2014
Katie Ledecky '15 Verbally Commits To Swim For Stanford University
May 15, 2014
The Washington Post, May 15 2014
Katie Ledecky wins 800-meter freestyle at Grand Prix
The Washington Post, April 26, 2014
Unrelenting Will Toward Victory Drives Teenager
Katie Ledecky Raises Performance Ceiling for U.S Women’s Swimming
The New York Times, APRIL 26, 2014
Washington Post All-Met Girls' Swimming, Swimmer of the Year, Katie Ledecky
April 6, 2014
All-Gazette, Athlete of the Year, Katie Ledecky
March 5, 2014
All-Independent School League Team, Katie Ledecky ‘15
Katie Ledecky become first woman to break 4 minute, 30 second mark in 500-yard freestyle.
The Washington Post, 2/7/14
Swimmer of the year
Katie Ledecky named 2013 female swimmer of the year by Swimming World magazine
The Washington Post, November 29, 2013
Golden Goggle Awards 2013
Female Race of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year
Swimswam.org, November 23, 2013
2013 U.S. Olympic Committee SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Katie's Interview - World Championships and OlympicsAugust 2013
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 - Katie's accomplishments
Four Gold Medals, 400, 800, and 1500 Meter Freestyle, and US 4x200 Meter Freestyle Relay
One American Record (400 Meter)
Two World Records (800 & 1500 Meter)
800 Meter Freestyle - 8:13.86
1500 Meter Freestyle - 15:47.15
Katie earned the highest honor at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain by being named the top woman scorer.
The Washington Post, 8/4/13
The Washington Post photos
Ledecky secured the first US 400 freestyle gold since Janet Evans in 1991 and smashed the American record by nearly two seconds in the women's 400 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships.
Katie Ledecky breaks 25-year-old U.S. record at national swim championships
June 29, 2013
Katie won the 1,500 meter freestyle and set a new U.S. record that was held by Janet Evans. Katie's time was 15:47.15, beating the old record by nearly five seconds. Katie competed in four races at the nationals, and won the national championships in the three longest events — the 400, 800 and 1,500 free — in astoundingly easy fashion. Katie also finished second in the 200 freestyle, behind Missy Franklin. Katie has qualified for Worlds to compete in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter free at Barcelona. The last American woman to try anything close was Shirley Babashoff, who competed in the 200, 400 and 800 at the 1975 Worlds and the 1976 Olympics. The 1,500 meter was only added to the women’s competition in 2001, and no American has tried to do all four on the world stage.
The Washington Times
Four U.S. Standouts Become Fast Friends
May 11, 2013
New York Times
Ledecky, Jaeger Win to Open Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte
2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix: Mesa: Ledecky beats Franklin in 200m free
April 12, 2013
Katie Ledecky '15 named All-Met Girls' Swimmer of the Year
April 5, 2013
The Washington Post
2013 All-Gazette: Girls swimming and diving Team. Katie Ledecky is Swimmer of the Year.
February 27, 2013
Katie Ledecky sets national high school record in 500 free at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swim & Dive Championship
February 9, 2013
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky: Still at home in the high school pool
January 31, 2013
The Washington Post
Katie Ledecky is WTOP Female Athlete of the Year
WTOP, 8/9/12, MD gold medalist Katie Ledecky shares her favorite moments
NBC4, 8/7/12, Katie swims through the forecast. So funny!
People, 8/6/12, Katie Ledecky Wins Gold, Heads Back to School
The Washington Post, Katie Ledecky’s success came as no surprise to Bethesda-based family of high achievers, 8/4/12
The Washington Post, 8/3/12, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky all grab gold at London Olympics
The Washington Post, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, 15, makes big splash with Olympic gold medal in 800 meters
USA Today, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free, breaks Janet Evans' record
Yahoo Sports, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, youngest United States Olympian, wins gold in 800
The Washington Post, 8/3/12, The scene in Bethesda as Ledecky wins gold
Patheos, 8/4/12, Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky Didn’t Know Shesn’t Supposed to Achieve the Impossible
- Broke six Stone Ridge swimming team records
- Broke six Stone Ridge pool records
- Broke Kate Ziegler's WMPSSDL meet records in the 200m and 500m free
- Anchored the WMPSSDL record setting 200 free relay
- Broke the ISL (Independent School League) meet records in the 200 and 500 free
- Made the ISL All-League
- Made the WMPSSDL (Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League) All League
- Made All-Met First Team
- Was a High School All American in the 200 free (8th place) and 500 free (3rd place)
- Broke the National Age Group records in the 400 free and 800m free at the USA Olympic Trials
- Broke the USA Olympic Trials record in the 800m free
- Has the 2nd fastest 800m free time this year
- Has the 12th fastest 800m free of all time
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Organized by the USA Swimming Foundation, the Golden Goggle Awards honor the top performances in American swimming. Katie Ledecky won for both Breakout Performance of the Year and Female Race of the Year.
Katie Ledecky 15' spent her 16th birthday on St. Patrick's Day as an area celebrity. In the afternoon, Katie was a Division Marshall at the DC St. Patrick's Day parade. That evening, Katie was at the Capitals Hockey game, received a standing ovation and was presented with a Ledecky Caps jersey. Fun to be Sweet 16 and an Olympian!
Bethesda Magazine, 11/19/12, Bethesda's Golden Girl.
Bethesda Honors Hometown Olympians, 8/25/12.
AwardsHigh School Swimmer of the Year 2015, Swimming World Magazine
Swimming World's 2014 Swimmer of the Year
Golden Goggle Awards 2014 - Female Athlete of the Year, Relay Performance of the Year, and Female Race of the Year
Swimmer of the Meet award, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships
Washington Post All-Met Girls' Swimming, Swimmer of the Year, 2014 and 2015
All-Gazette, Athlete of the Year, 2014 and 2015
Swimming World's 2013 Swimmer of the Year
FINA Simmer of the Year, 2013
American Swimmer of the Year, 2013
Golden Goggle Awards 2013 - Female Race of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year
2013 U.S. Olympic Committee SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR