Katie Ledecky held off Allison Schmitt in the 200-meter freestyle Thursday in a duel between two decorated Olympians at the swimming national championships in Irvine.
The win is Ledecky’s 15th career national title after capturing the 800 freestyle Wednesday. The two-time Olympian has two events remaining this weekend. Her time of 1 minute 55.82 seconds is second-fastest in the world this year.
Schmitt, who finished 1.22 seconds behind Ledecky, has earned eight medals in three Olympics.
In the closest race of the day at the Woollett Aquatics Center, 16-year-old Regan Smith and Kathleen Baker tied for first in the 200 backstroke in 2:06.43. Smith’s time set a junior world...