Current Olympian Is Daughter of Former Lobo Swimmer
Aug. 2, 2012
LONDON - At 15 years old, Katie Ledecky is the youngest member on the United States Olympic team, but as Ledecky proved to the swimming community at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. - and is now proving to the world at the 2012 London Games- age is nothing but a number.
Earlier today, the native of Bethedsa, Md., and daughter of former Lobo walk-on Mary Gen Hagan, qualified for finals of the women's 800-meter freestyle swim in London, posting the third fastest time overall. She clocked in at 8:23.24.
The fact that she excels in the water should come as no surprise, however, as her family has a rich swimming history. Her grandfather, E.J. Hagan, launched a campaign to build an indoor pool for the city of Williston, N.D., and Mary Gen, along with her seven brothers and sisters, were part of the core of the Williston Swim Team during the 1960s and `70s.
Hagan was gifted in the short-distance events. While records for women's swimming in the mid-`70s are sparse, a results sheet from a meet featuring New Mexico and Brigham Young University in 1976 indicated two first-place finishes for Hagan in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.
Ledecky will aim for the medal stand Friday in the final, which will take place at 12:45 Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).