Katie Ledecky heading to her fourth Olympics wins 400 freestyle at US Swimming Trials

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Ledecky is heading to her fourth Olympics, heading to victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. Swimming Trials on Saturday night.

Cheered on by a crowd of 20,689 people at the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Ledecky hit the wall in 3 minutes, 58.35 seconds.

She improved her time of 3:59.99 in the morning preliminaries and prepared for a run for another gold against a loaded field at the Paris Games. Australian Ariarne Titmus is the defending champion and world record holder (3:55.38), with Canadian phenomenon Summer McIntosh also in the mix.

The 27-year-old Ledecky will swim four events during the trials, all freestyle events ranging from 200 to 1,500 meters. She has already won six individual gold medals – more than any female swimmer in Olympic history.

The expected second spot on the Olympic team goes to Paige Madden, second behind Ledecky at 4:02.08.