Lilly King Smashes Through a 2:02 200 Breast; Bethany Galat Moves To Second All-Time

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Last night, she said she was sick of seeing a 2:03.

Tonight, she didn’t see a 2:03. Indiana junior Lilly King roared through the 200 breast final with a 2:02.60. She was the first to break 2:04, and now she is the first to break 2:03.

Texas A&M senior and fellow Indiana native Bethany Galat almost joined her in the 2:02 club as she was second at 2:03.26. She also moves to second all-time in the event.

Texas A&M’s four finalists fared well with Galat getting second, Sydney Pickrem (2:05.79) getting third, Anna Belousova (2:07.26) getting sixth and Esther Gonzalez Medina (2:08.20) getting eighth.

Michigan’s Miranda Tucker (2:06.73), Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett (2:07.22) and Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky (2:07.69) also swam in the championship final.

King has now won three NCAA titles in the 200 breast as she joins Kristine Quance (1994, 1996, 1997) of USC, Kristy Kowal (1998-2000) of Georgia, Tara Kirk (2002-2004) of Stanford, and Rebecca Soni (2006-2009) of USC as winners of three.

 Event 18  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: N 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: A 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
    U.S. Open: O 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         Meet: C 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         Pool: P 2:04.68  2/17/2018 Lillia King, Indiana
                 2:07.18  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 2:15.99  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Lilly King       JR Indiana           2:05.49    2:02.60N        20  
    r:+0.65  26.96        58.39 (31.43)
        1:30.56 (32.17)     2:02.60 (32.04)
  2 Bethany Galat    SR Texas A&M         2:07.10    2:03.26P        17  
    r:+0.60  28.63      1:00.09 (31.46)
        1:31.58 (31.49)     2:03.26 (31.68)
  3 Sydney Pickrem   JR Texas A&M         2:06.61    2:05.79         16  
    r:+0.71  28.79      1:00.76 (31.97)
        1:33.07 (32.31)     2:05.79 (32.72)
  4 Miranda Tucker   SO Michigan          2:07.85    2:06.73         15  
    r:+0.65  28.87      1:01.20 (32.33)
        1:33.64 (32.44)     2:06.73 (33.09)
  5 Bailey Bonnett   FR Kentucky          2:07.68    2:07.22         14  
    r:+0.70  29.00      1:01.21 (32.21)
        1:34.19 (32.98)     2:07.22 (33.03)
  6 Anna Belousova   SO Texas A&M         2:07.99    2:07.26         13  
    r:+0.64  29.37      1:01.53 (32.16)
        1:34.51 (32.98)     2:07.26 (32.75)
  7 Lindsey Kozelsk  SO Minnesota         2:07.75    2:07.69         12  
    r:+0.68  28.22      1:00.73 (32.51)
        1:33.96 (33.23)     2:07.69 (33.73)
  8 Esther Gonzalez  SR Texas A&M         2:08.01    2:08.20         11  
    r:+0.70  29.73      1:02.18 (32.45)
        1:34.96 (32.78)     2:08.20 (33.24)
       Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Stanford                          510   2. California                        317
  3. Texas A&M                         272   4. Michigan                          221
  5. Louisville                        190   6. Texas                           180.5
  7. Tennessee                       153.5   8. Indiana                           153
  9. Minnesota                         146  10. Virginia                          120
 11. Georgia                           103  12. Kentucky                           97
 13. Ohio St                            93  14. Southern Cal                       92
 15. Wisconsin                          78  16. Missouri                           72
 17. Auburn                           70.5  18. NC State                           68
 19. Arizona                            46  19. South Carolina                     46
 21. Purdue                             36  22. University of Nevada               33
 23. UNC                                32  24. Arizona St                         31
 25. Arkansas                           30  26. Penn St                            26
 27. Denver                             20  27. Northwestern                       20
 29. Eastern Mich                       18  30. Hawaii                           16.5
 31. Alabama                            15  31. UCLA                               15
 33. Miami University                   14  34. Florida                            11
 34. Virginia Tech                      11  36. Louisiana State University          8
 37. Rutgers                             6  37. Akron                               6
 39. Florida St                          3  40. Duke                                2
 40. University of Miami                 2
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