Lilly King Improves Season Best To Win 100 Breast, Earn Trip To Pan Pacs

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Lilly King backed up her win in the 50 breast yesterday with a dominant showing the 100 breast tonight, recording the only time under 1:06 in the field this evening with a 1:05.36. King was out fast in 30.32 and never looked back, punching her ticket to Pan Pacs after failing to qualify earlier in the meet in the 200 breast. That also improves on King’s second ranked time in the world this year, but wasn’t enough to catch #1 ranked Yulia Efimova (1:04.98).

In second was Katie Meili in 1:06.19, which also puts her on the Pan Pacs team. King and Meili went 1-2 in this event last summer at World Championships, and the two will have another chance to repeat that finish this summer in Tokyo. In third was 200 breast champ Micah Sumrall, who was only fifth at the turn but had the fastest closing split of the field (34.91) to finish in 1:06.34. That is her best time, breaking her 1:06.51 from 2014.

In fourth was top seed Molly Hannis, who went a 1:05.78 lifetime best this morning but was 1:06.36 in the final. Hannis was out fast just 3-tenths behind King, but couldn’t hold on the second 50. She will have to wait to see if her swim will be good enough for a spot on the Pan Pacs team. In fifth was Breeja Larson (1:07.80), while Jorie Caneta (1:07.82), Emily Weiss (1:07.99), and Riley Scott (1:08.24) rounded out the A-final.