Katie Ledecky wasn’t thrilled with her speed in her first final of the week at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, but she was glad to check the box.
The 24-year-old confirmed her spot at her third Olympic Games by winning the 400m freestyle in Omaha in Monday night’s last final.
She swam 4:01.27, well off the world record of 3:56.46 from her Olympic gold-medal performance in Rio. Ledecky has held the world record in the 400m free since 2014, lowering it twice since.
“I thought I was a lot faster than that, so I was a little surprised by the time,” Ledecky admitted to NBC reporter Michele Tafoya.