RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some of the best swimmers in the United States visited the Richmond area this weekend for NOVA Aquatics' Fall Senior Invitational, and that included a gold medalist from the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Katie Ledecky brought home gold in the 800 meter freestyle, completing the Olympic race in 8:14.63, breaking a 23 year old American record. It marked the second fastest women's 800 meter freestyle time ever. This weekend she brought her talents to NOVA, where she won seven events during the course of the weekend.
The 15-year old high school sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland, is getting back into shape after taking some recovery time after her Olympic run. She says she is eying the World Championships next year, and right now is just trying to improve and get back into shape. She also says she's embraced a newly-found role model status around her high school following her Olympic experience.
Ledecky headlined a talented group of swimmers at this weekend's event. Jack Conger, a high school senior from Rockville, Maryland, also hit the pool in the meet. He is US Swimming's Male High School Swimmer of the year, but hit a snag and is recovering from a recent illness. He was still able to capture first place in two events, winning the 500 meter and 100 meter freestyle.
NOVA's own Blair Carnes, a senior at the Steward School, won the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke. Carnes is a member of the US Junior National Team and is widely regarded as the top high school recruit in the commonwealth. Carnes has verbally committed to swim at the University of Southern California in the fall.
The NOVA Aquatic team took first place in nine of the 28 events this weekend.