Lilly King Obliterates 2:04 Barrier in 200 Breast With 2:03.59 For American, NCAA Record

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Indiana’s Lilly King destroyed another barrier as she broke through 2:04 to win the women’s 200-yard breast at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

After already being the first swimmer in history to break 57 seconds in the 100-yard breast, King chopped half-a-second off the 2:04 barrier in the 200-yard event with a 2:03.59.

That time blasted the previous NCAA, U.S. Open and American record of 2:04.06 set by Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney back in 2014 for the Irish’s first NCAA title.

Comparative Splits:

King: 27.23, 59.04 (31.81), 1:31.24 (32.20), 2:03.59 (32.35)
Reaney: 27.87, 59.35 (31.48), 1:31.36 (32.01), 2:04.06 (32.70)

King made history by becoming Indiana’s first multiple event and multiple NCAA titlist. IU has had several individual champions, but none have won more than a single title or won them in different events.

King downed her roommate and teammate Miranda Tucker (2:06.27) by 2.68 seconds for a dominant victory, but that’s not the biggest margin of victory in an NCAA 200 breast.  Jeanne Childs of Hawaii (2:13.35) downed Kathy Treible of Florida (2:16.62) by 3.27 seconds in 1983.

UMBC’s Emily Escobedo made history for her team as the first top-eight finisher in school history with a 2:06.43 for third.

Stanford’s Sarah Haase (2:06.50), Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (2:07.18), Georgia’s Annie Zhu (2:08.18), Texas A&M’s Esther Gonzalez Medina (2:08.49) and USC’s Kirsten Vose (2:10.42) also competed in the historic finale.

                          === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 King, Lilly      FR Indiana           2:06.43    2:03.59N        20  
                 27.23        59.04 (31.81)
        1:31.24 (32.20)     2:03.59 (32.35)
  2 Tucker, Miranda  FR Indiana           2:06.82    2:06.27P        17  
                 28.46      1:00.09 (31.63)
        1:32.66 (32.57)     2:06.27 (33.61)
  3 Escobedo, Emily  JR UMBC              2:06.82    2:06.43P        16  
                 29.01      1:01.02 (32.01)
        1:33.57 (32.55)     2:06.43 (32.86)
  4 Haase, Sarah     SR Stanford          2:07.15    2:06.50         15  
                 28.95      1:00.78 (31.83)
        1:33.04 (32.26)     2:06.50 (33.46)
  5 Galat, Bethany   SO Tex AM            2:07.79    2:07.18         14  
                 29.12      1:01.37 (32.25)
        1:34.08 (32.71)     2:07.18 (33.10)
  6 Zhu, Annie       SR Georgia           2:08.14    2:08.18         13  
                 29.33      1:01.71 (32.38)
        1:34.79 (33.08)     2:08.18 (33.39)
  7 Gonzalez Medina  SO Tex AM            2:07.93    2:08.49         12  
                 29.67      1:02.28 (32.61)
        1:35.22 (32.94)     2:08.49 (33.27)
  8 Vose, Kirsten    FR USC               2:07.63    2:10.42         11  
                 28.87      1:01.59 (32.72)
        1:35.68 (34.09)     2:10.42 (34.74)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Ross, Katharine  JR Missouri          2:08.70    2:07.24          9  
                 29.21      1:01.32 (32.11)
        1:34.04 (32.72)     2:07.24 (33.20)
 10 Duncan, Abby     SR Missouri          2:08.78    2:07.49          7  
                 28.65      1:00.83 (32.18)
        1:33.39 (32.56)     2:07.49 (34.10)
 11 Rodriguez, Meli  SR Penn St           2:08.33    2:07.80          6  
                 29.15      1:01.96 (32.81)
        1:34.75 (32.79)     2:07.80 (33.05)
 12 Paluszek, Weron  SR VT                2:08.28    2:08.03          5  
                 29.46      1:02.27 (32.81)
        1:34.84 (32.57)     2:08.03 (33.19)
 13 Lazor, Annie     SR Auburn            2:08.47    2:08.35          4  
                 29.16      1:01.81 (32.65)
        1:34.81 (33.00)     2:08.35 (33.54)
 14 Fogle, Emily     SR Purdue            2:08.24    2:08.47          3  
                 28.98      1:01.45 (32.47)
        1:34.70 (33.25)     2:08.47 (33.77)
 15 Schoettmer, Emm  SR Arizona           2:08.74    2:08.72          2  
                 29.09      1:01.39 (32.30)
        1:34.94 (33.55)     2:08.72 (33.78)
 16 Simon, Laura     JR Virginia          2:08.91    2:10.45          1  
                 29.69      1:02.15 (32.46)
        1:36.08 (33.93)     2:10.45 (34.37)
                Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Georgia                           349   2. California                      307.5
  3. Stanford                          306   4. Texas A&M                       257.5
  5. Virginia                          243   6. Indiana                           222
  7. Southern Cali                   198.5   8. Louisville                        176
  9. Michigan                          132  10. NC State                          127
 11. Missouri                          123  12. Arizona                           108
 13. Tennessee                          87  14. Ohio St                            82
 15. Texas                              71  16. UCLA                               66
 17. Florida                          54.5  18. Wisconsin                          49
 18. Nevada                             49  20. UNC                                47
 21. Minnesota                          44  22. Kentucky                           40
 23. Purdue                             35  24. Miami University (Ohio)            33
 25. Alabama                            20  26. Penn St                            19
 27. Umbc (W)                           18  28. South Carolina                     17
 29. Auburn                             14  30. Air Force (W)                      11
 30. Virginia Tech                      11  30. Kansas                             11
 33. Denver                             10  34. Iowa                                9
 35. University of Nebraska-Lincoln      7  35. Lsu                                 7
 37. Miami (Fl)                          6  37. Smu                                 6
 39. University of Hawaii (W)            4  39. Pittsburgh                          4
 41. Eastern Mich                        3  42. Cincinnati                          2
 43. Florida Gulf                        1  43. Rutgers                             1
5 Comments

5 comments

  1. Vanessa Segovia

    Corey Welch uh that’s fast isn’t it?!???

    • Corey Welch

      I think my freshman year I went a 2:04! 😮

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