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Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart rising junior Katie Ledecky picked a good time to break out of her 400-meter freestyle rut.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky posted a personal best and American record time of 3 minutes, 59.82 seconds en route to winning a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday on the opening day of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Ledecky finished nearly three seconds ahead of Spain's Melanie Costa Schmid in second place.

“I'm still in shock over the time. I'd been stuck at 4:04 for a while so I was due for a bit of a drop. I guess this shows what happens when you get into a race with the best. It was an honor to be in a heat with those girls,” Ledecky said.

As of Monday Ledecky still had three more events to contest: 800-meter freestyle, 1,500-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay.

“The U.S. has such a great tradition of distance swimmers, I'm just trying to do my best to live up to that,” Ledecky said.

jbeekman@gazette.net