Lilly King Becomes First Woman to Win Eight Breaststroke Titles With 200 Win

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Indiana senior Lilly King won her fourth straight 200 breaststroke title on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 2:02.90. King just missed her NCAA and American Record of 2:02.60 that she set last season. King held off a hard charge from Texas A&M senior Sydney Pickrem, who finished second at 2:03.65.

King is now the first woman to ever in Division I to win the 100 and 200 breast four times in her career.

Pickrem moved up to fourth all-time with her swim as she dropped nearly a full second off her best time.

NC State freshman Sophie Hansson finished in third place at 2:06.18 as she picked up her second straight third place finish after this meet after doing so in the 100 on Friday night. There were three freshmen in the A-Final with Indiana’s Noelle Peplowski (2:06.94) and Virginia’s Kaki Christensen (2:08.74) placing sixth and eighth.

South Carolina’s Emma Barksdale (2:06.87), Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett (2:06.91) and Texas A&M’s Anna Belousova (2:07.05) also competed in the A-Final.

Indiana now has four NCAA titles in the 200 breast, all from King. She joins USC’s Rebecca Soni (2006-09) as four-time winners of the event.

All-Time List:

  1. Lilly King, Indiana, 2:02.60 (2018)
  2. Bethany Galat, Texas A&M, 2:03.26 (2018)
  3. Kierra Smith, Minnesota, 2:03.55 (2017)
  4. Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:03.65 (2019)
  5. Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2:04.06 (2014)
  6. Breeja Larson, Texas A&M, 2:04.48 (2012)
  7. Rebecca Soni, USC, 2:04.75 (2009)
  8. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal, 2:04.76 (2012)

 Event 18  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: I 2:02.60  20-Mar-18 Lilly King, Indiana
         Meet: M 2:02.60  20-Mar-18 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: A 2:02.60  20-Mar-18 LIlly King, Indiana
      US Open: O 2:02.60  20-Mar-18 Lilly King, Indiana
         Pool: P 2:05.04  29-Nov-12 Laura Sogar
                 2:06.94  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 2:13.97  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Lilly King       SR Indiana           2:05.65    2:02.90P        20  
    r:+0.67  27.39        58.62 (31.23)
        1:30.58 (31.96)     2:02.90 (32.32)
  2 Sydney Pickrem   SR TAMU              2:06.57    2:03.65P        17  
    r:+0.69  28.31        59.81 (31.50)
        1:31.79 (31.98)     2:03.65 (31.86)
  3 Sophie Hansson   FR NC State          2:06.87    2:06.18         16  
    r:+0.75  28.36      1:00.40 (32.04)
        1:33.10 (32.70)     2:06.18 (33.08)
  4 Emma Barksdale   SR South Carolina    2:07.71    2:06.87         15  
    r:+0.68  29.14      1:01.11 (31.97)
        1:33.68 (32.57)     2:06.87 (33.19)
  5 Bailey Bonnett   SO Kentucky          2:07.53    2:06.91         14  
    r:+0.65  28.60      1:00.77 (32.17)
        1:33.73 (32.96)     2:06.91 (33.18)
  6 Noelle Peplowsk  FR Indiana           2:07.72    2:06.94         13  
    r:+0.75  29.00      1:01.50 (32.50)
        1:33.83 (32.33)     2:06.94 (33.11)
  7 Anna Belousova   JR TAMU              2:07.92    2:07.05         12  
    r:+0.70  28.73      1:01.09 (32.36)
        1:33.98 (32.89)     2:07.05 (33.07)
  8 Kaki Christense  FR Virginia          2:08.42    2:08.74         11  
    r:+0.76  29.52      1:02.12 (32.60)
        1:35.42 (33.30)     2:08.74 (33.32)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Stanford                        382.5   2. California                        362
  3. Michigan                          280   4. Louisville                        183
  5. NC State                        173.5   6. Virginia                          166
  7. Indiana                           163   8. Tennessee                         161
  9. Minnesota                       158.5  10. Texas                           137.5
 11. Auburn                            120  12. Southern Cali                     107
 13. Texas A&M                       104.5  14. Kentucky                         96.5
 15. Wisconsin                          90  16. Arizona                          86.5
 17. UCLA                               66  18. Arkansas                           63
 19. Arizona St                         55  20. Missouri                           49
 21. South Carolina                   47.5  22. Florida                            44
 23. Georgia                            39  24. Ohio St                            38
 25. Duke                               35  26. Penn St                            27
 27. Kansas                             22  28. Lsu                                20
 29. University of Miami                19  30. Eastern Mich                       17
 31. Northwestern                       15  32. Alabama                            14
 32. Hawaii                             14  32. Florida St                         14
 35. San Diego St                        9  36. Purdue                              7
 37. Akron                               6  38. Virginia Tech                       5
 39. Notre Dame                          3  40. Nebraska                            2
 40. UNC                                 2  42. Univeristy of Conneticut            1
 42. U.S. Navy                           1

20 comments

  1. Brent Lichty

    Congrats Lilly, perfect record, nobody’s done it better or with more heart

  2. avatar
    Taylor Covington

    Incredible swim by Lilly King. Can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

  3. Alexis Himsieh

    I’m so happy that she could do this her senior year! Way to go Lilly, go out on Top!

  4. Betsy Kelliher

    Lilly King is a badass!!!❤️❤️❤️