At the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships meet in Orlando, 17-year-old Summer McIntosh made history by becoming the first athlete to defeat Katie Ledecky in an 800m freestyle final since 2010. McIntosh clocked in at 8 minutes, 11.39 seconds, ranking her as the second-fastest woman in history in the 800m free. Ledecky, who won this event at the Olympics at just 15 years old, came in second place with a time of 8:17.12.
Before this victory, Ledecky had won over 50 meets in the event with the top 29 times in history. McIntosh broke up that streak by recording the 17th-best time in history. This means that Ledecky’s dominance of the event has been challenged and it is uncertain whether she will be able to maintain it leading up to the Paris Olympics.
McIntosh is known for excelling in the 400m IM, 400m free, and 200m fly events. She has had an impressive record at world championships, sweeping gold in these events in both