Lilly King Takes Textile American Record in 200 Breaststroke to Continue Unbeaten Streak at ISL

Lilly King
Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis / ISL

Lilly King continued her unbeaten streak at the International Swimming League as the Cali Condor who trains at Indiana University with Ray Looze has yet to lose a race in the professional league. On Monday in Budapest, she broke the official American record with a 2:16.04, lowering Rebecca Soni’s 2:16.39 from the 2010 Short Course Worlds.

Soni holds the world record of 2:14.57 from the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but USA Swimming decided that American records set in shiny suits after October 1, 2009 – when USA Swimming implemented the shiny suit ban domestically – would not be ratified. This is the case even for times swum legally in international events where ban was not in effect yet.

Lilly King is not the fastest American ever, but she is the fastest American in a textile 200 breast. King was out in 1:05.05, under Soni’s world record pace of 1:05.18, so with a little bit of rest by the final four, which the Cali Condors are expected to qualify for, the world record could be in jeopardy for King. Despite holding the 50 & 100 breaststroke world records in long course meters, King has not broken a world record in short course meters.

King is now the second fastest American all-time and is sixth globally all-time.

All-Time Rankings (Women’s 200 Breaststroke SCM)

  1. 2:14.57, Rebecca Soni, USA, 2009
  2. 2:15.21, Rikke Pedersen, DEN, 2013
  3. 2:15.42, Leisel Jones, AUS, 2009
  4. 2:15.62, Yulia Efimova, RUS, 2018
  5. 2:15.76, Rie Kaneto, JPN, 2016
  6. 2:16.04, Lilly King, USA, 2020
  7. 2:16.83, Annamay Pierse, CAN, 2009
  8. 2:16.92, Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 2014
  9. 2:16.93, Laura Sogar, USA, 2012
  10. 2:17.10, Jocelyn Ulyett, GBR, 2019

Lilly King has yet to lose a race in the International Swimming League as she finished ahead of New York’s Emily Escobedo and DC’s Bethany Galat on Monday.

Race results:

  1. 2:16.04, Lilly King, Condors
  2. 2:18.46, Emily Escobedo, Breakers
  3. 2:19.32, Bethany Galat, Trident
  4. 2:19.77, Molly Renshaw, Breakers
  5. 2:20.11, Meghan Small, Condors
  6. 2:23.15, Ida Hulkko, Iron
  7. 2:23.23, Jenna Laukkanen, Iron
  8. 2:28.04, Miranda Tucker, Trident


  1. Ryan Guerra

    Congrats to Lilly! She’s absolutely fabulous! With Lilly’s success and Indiana University football’s glorious upset win against Penn State over the weekend, life is golden in the land of the Hoosiers and the GOAT, Head Coach Ray Looze. #rayloozegoatcoach, #thefabulouslillyking, #hoosierdaddy, #iunumber1

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