Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, a Bethesda native and senior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, has opted to defer her enrollment at Stanford University.
Ledecky, who captured a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, announced she would defer her freshman campaign at Stanford in order to train for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“After careful consideration and joint discussion with both my current club coach, Bruce Gemmell of Nation’s Capital Swim Club, and Stanford coach Greg Meehan, I have decided to defer my enrollment at Stanford for one year so that I may continue my training in my home environment in Maryland leading up to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials,” Ledecky said in a statement. “I greatly appreciate the understanding, support, and guidance I received from both Coach Gemmel and Coach Meehan in helping me to reach this decision.”
Ledecky, 18, won an Olympic Gold medal in the 800 Meter Freestyle event as a 15-year-old and as the youngest athlete in the entire Team USA delegation at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is the current World Record holder in the 400 Meter Freestyle, 800 Meter Freestyle, and 1500 Meter Freestyle events, and the American Record holder in the 500 Yard Freestyle and 1650 Yard Freestyle events.
As a high school student at Stone Ride, Ledecky has captured ten gold medals in major international competition including four at the 2013 World Championships and five at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The teenager has also broken seven World Records and 13 American Records during her high school years.
“I am thrilled and excited to be admitted to Stanford, and I very much look forward to my enrollment there as a student in the Fall of 2016 and swimming in NCAA competition as a member of Coach Meehan’s Stanford team,” added Ledecky. “I also feel so fortunate that both Coach Gemmell and Coach Meehan will be serving as coaches on the USA Swimming National team staff for this summer’s World Championships.”