Lilly King Breaks American Record in 50 Breast at Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Lilly King showed off her incredible sprint speed with a new American Record in the 50 breaststroke on Thursday night at the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals. King lowered Jessica Hardy’s American Record of 29.80 down to a 29.66. King is now the fastest swimmer of 2017 as she moves in front of Russia’s Yulia Efimova at 29.88.

King gave the world record a scare and she could certainly lower that later this summer in Budapest. The World Record is held by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte at 29.48 from the 2013 World’s. King is now the third fastest performer in history behind Meilutyte and Efimova (29.52).

Katie Meili (30.11), Molly Hannis (30.24), Natalie Pierce (30.89), Jorie Caneta (30.99), Andrea Cottrell (31.06), Katharine Ross (31.10) and Breeja Larson (31.28) also competed in the A-final. King now has the option to swim the 50 in Budapest since she won the 200 last night. The top two in the 50 do not automatically qualify for Worlds.

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  1. Hope Hayward

    Lilly King dance academy paying off! So proud?