Performance of the Week: Lilly King Drops Sub-57 100 Breaststroke At IU Invite

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week’s Performance of the Week goes to Indiana’s Lilly King, who just missed her own American record in the 100-yard breaststroke this weekend.

The Indiana senior swam the third-fastest 100 breaststroke ever this weekend at the Indiana University Invitational in Bloomington. King touched the wall in 56.43, just short of breaking her own American and NCAA record of 56.25.

That is the seventh time King has swum under 57 seconds in the 100 breast, giving her 7 of the top 10 times in history. And while this is not her first time under 57 seconds, it is the first time she has been that fast this early in the college season, and the fastest she has ever been at a mid-season invitational. King’s fastest time from this season was a 57.85 from the ACC vs B1G College Challenge last weekend.

The world record holder also posted the sixth-fastest time ever in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:03.60) to close the meet. This year King will attempt to become just the second woman to win the 100 breast at NCAA’s for a fourth straight year, and has publicly stated her goal is to swim a 55-second 100 breaststroke by NCAA’s.

Congratulations Lilly King on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!


  1. Ja Bounce

    Split times are crazy fast (12.2, 14.1, 14.8, & 15.1).