Katie Ledecky Wins 200m Freestyle, 3rd in 400m IM at 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

United States' Katie Ledecky checks her time after winning the gold medal in the women's 800-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Katie Ledecky is the best female swimmer in the world, but that doesn't mean she wins every race.

Instead, she had to settle for one out of two Friday.

Swimming in her first meet since declaring herself a professional following the NCAA Championships in March, the five-time Olympic gold medalist finished third in Final A of the 400-meter individual medley Friday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis but won the 200-meter freestyle.

Her time of four minutes and 38.88 seconds in the medley placed behind Melanie Margalis (4:36.81) and Ella Eastin (4:38.43 seconds), but she paced the field in the freestyle with a time of 1:55.42 seconds.

The medley was an impressive performance from Margalis, who was trailing for the majority of the race but came from behind during the freestyle portion and held off Eastin, Ledecky and the rest of the field.

Ledecky cruised past the entire field in the freestyle, though.

While she didn't earn both victories, Ledecky's 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series has already been a smashing success.

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According to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports, the Stanford swimmer won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday with the second-fastest time, behind only her own performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In a testament to her overall dominance, she holds the fastest 10 times in the event's history.

As if that weren't enough, Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle Wednesday with a world-record time of 15:20.48, adding to the 21-year-old's already overwhelming resume and legacy.

Zaccardi noted Ledecky will also swim the 200-meter individual medley and 800-meter freestyle on Saturday, so she has the opportunity to add to her victory total.