Before Katie Ledecky was starring on the Olympic stage in Rio for Team USA, the roots of her swimming background were planted in Montana.
Ledecky’s mother Mary Gen Ledecky (nee Hagan), swam for the College of Great Falls Argos for two years before transferring to New Mexico following the 1974 season. Hagan qualified for nationals three times with the Lobos.
The coach of the Argo swim team in the 1970s also has Olympic ties. Cathy Ferguson won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo in the 100-meter backstroke and the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay.
The University of Great Falls sports information department provided a picture to MTN Sports of Hagan and Ferguson from the 1974 College of Great Falls yearbook.
Hagan had never swam competitively before joining the team at CGF, but whatever aquatic chops she gained in Great Falls were clearly passed down to her daughter Katie, who grew up in Maryland.
The 19-year-old Ledecky won gold in the 800m freestyle swim at the 2012 London Olympics as a 15-year-old and has already claimed two gold medals in Rio.
She will aim for her third win of the 2016 Olympics Thursday morning in Rio, when she tries to repeat in the 800-meter freestyle event.