May 09, 2015

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Olympic gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky says she will defer her enrollment at Stanford University for a year to continue training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials.

The world-record holder from Bethesda, Maryland, said in a news release Friday that she still plans to enroll in fall 2016.

She says in her announcement that after careful consideration and talking with her swim coaches that she wanted to stay at home at the Nation's Capital Swim Club to train for Rio.

The 18-year-old owns the world records in the 400- the 800- and the 1,500-meter freestyle events and is the world champion in all three.

She has been named USA Swimming's Athlete of the Year for the past two years. She has qualified to compete in five events for the USA Swimming National Team at the 2015 World Championships this summer in Kazan, Russia.

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