Lilly King Smashes American Record in 200 Breast

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We knew it was going to be the tale of two races. We knew Indiana sophomore Lilly King would take it out fast at the 100, and we knew Minnesota senior Kierra Smith would come home strong on the back half. King took it out and held on the hard charging Smith for a new NCAA, American and US Open record in the 200 breast with a 2:03.18 to Smith’s 2:03.55. Those two are now the two fastest performers in history as the only swimmers to swim under 2:04.

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Lost in the race was a strong performance from UMBC senior Emily Escobedo at 2:05.20. Escobedo is now eighth all time in the event. Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M finished in fourth and is now ninth all time in the event. NC State’s Kayla Brumbaum, Texas’ Madisyn Cox, Texas A&M’s Ashley McGregor and Louisville’s Andrea Cottrell also swam in the A-final.

King defends her title from last year as she is still the first Indiana Hoosier to win the 200 breast NCAA title. King is now the first swimmer since USC’s Rebecca Soni to defend the NCAA title when Soni won four titles from 2006 to 2009. King has also not lost an NCAA championship final.

 Event 18  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: N 2:03.59  3/19/2016 Lilly King, Indiana
         Meet: C 2:03.59  3/19/2016 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: A 2:03.59  3/19/2016 Lilly King, Indiana
    U.S. Open: O 2:03.59  3/19/2016 Lilly King, Indiana
         Pool: P 2:05.41            Laura Sogar, Texas
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Lilly King       SO Indiana           2:05.90    2:03.18N        20  
    r:+0.65  27.13        58.32 (31.19)
        1:30.85 (32.53)     2:03.18 (32.33)
  2 Kierra Smith     SR Minnesota         2:05.50    2:03.55N        17  
    r:+0.75  28.17        59.79 (31.62)
        1:31.54 (31.75)     2:03.55 (32.01)
  3 Emily Escobedo   SR UMBC (W)          2:05.72    2:05.20P        16  
    r:+0.67  28.38        59.79 (31.41)
        1:32.19 (32.40)     2:05.20 (33.01)
  4 Sydney Pickrem   SO TAMU              2:05.69    2:05.23P        15  
    r:+0.68  28.90      1:01.43 (32.53)
        1:32.78 (31.35)     2:05.23 (32.45)
  5 Kayla Brumbaum   SR NC STATE          2:06.23    2:05.55         14  
    r:+0.70  28.45      1:00.32 (31.87)
        1:32.47 (32.15)     2:05.55 (33.08)
  6 Madisyn Cox      SR Texas             2:06.45    2:05.77         13  
    r:+0.75  28.85      1:00.58 (31.73)
        1:32.77 (32.19)     2:05.77 (33.00)
  7 Ashley McGregor  SR TAMU              2:06.86    2:06.99         12  
    r:+0.70  28.71      1:00.64 (31.93)
        1:33.43 (32.79)     2:06.99 (33.56)
  8 Andrea Cottrell  SR Louisville        2:07.45    2:08.15         11  
    r:+0.64  28.68      1:00.99 (32.31)
        1:33.92 (32.93)     2:08.15 (34.23)

Combined Team Scores - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Stanford                        466.5   2. California                        310
  3. Texas A&M                       258.5   4. Texas                             221
  5. Georgia                         204.5   6. Louisville                      168.5
  7. NC State                          166   8. Indiana                           162
  9. Minnesota                         157  10. Michigan                          137
 11. Missouri                          131  12. Southern Cali                     127
 13. Virginia                          108  14. Kentucky                          106
 15. Arizona                          84.5  16. Wisconsin                          72
 17. UNC                                58  18. Ohio St                            52
 19. Auburn                             50  20. UCLA                               39
 21. Umbc (W)                           30  22. Miami (Oh)                         29
 23. Tennessee                          27  24. Nevada                             25
 25. Florida St                         21  26. Denver                             20
 26. Northwestern                       20  28. Virginia Tech                      17
 29. Lsu                                14  30. Iowa                               13
 30. Arizona St                         13  32. Cincinnati                         12
 33. Penn St                            10  33. Boise St                           10
 35. Purdue                              7  36. Miami (Fl)                          5
 36. Air Force (W)                       5  38. Florida Gulf                        4
 38. Pittsburgh                          4  38. South Carolina                      4
 41. Alabama                           3.5  42. San Diego State University          2
 42. Notre Dame                          2  42. Massachusetts                       2
 45. Drexel                              1  45. Rutgers                             1

5 comments

  1. Bob Perkins

    David… great race. King went out blazing fast (58.3), MN girl made a hard charge. Both were under previous AR…

  2. Naveh Eldar

    It was a closer race than you’d have thought. Fun!