Ledecky, Adrian steal open­ing night show at U.S. na­tion­als

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS | Olympic gold medal­ists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian qual­i­fied for the Amer­i­can world cham­pi­onship team Tues­day night with each win­ning sig­na­ture events at the U.S. Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Bethesda’s Ledecky eas­ily claimed the women’s 800-me­ter freestyle ti­tle in a time of 8:11.50. The de­fend­ing Olympic and world cham­pion won by 8.96 sec­onds over Leah Smith. Adrian re­claimed the men’s 100 free ti­tle in 47.96 sec­onds, beat­ing Caeleb Dres­sel by 0.01. Each win­ner makes the team. Sec­ond-place fin­ish­ers are likely to be added when the se­lec­tion process ends.

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