Swimming World Presents “NCAA Division I Mini-Feature: Lilly King”

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Lilly’s Legacy

It is tough to perform when everyone expects you to win—especially yourself. That is what Lilly King has done for four years, and her ability to handle that pressure has led to Olympic gold as well as becoming the most dominant collegiate breaststroker in history.

She expects to win every time she lines up for a breaststroke race. It is the legacy she has built the past four years at Indiana University.

That legacy ended—at least collegiately—with a historic performance. On the final day of the meet, King completed a four-year sweep of the 200 breast—coming just one day after doing the same thing in the 100 breast.

“I was worried a little bit because the 200 has not been something that has come easy to her,” said Indiana coach Ray Looze. “This streak of winning the eight breaststrokes, there is a reason it had never been done before. You are going to have some bad days where you get what you get. She has won some really, really close races.”

She finished the 200 in 2:02.90, 3-tenths off her American record. She knew the magnitude of the possible accomplishment heading into the race.

“It is weird because I am not done. It is not my last race ever. I am still going to be swimming for Indiana, but not for the university. I am not feeling too emotional because not much is changing except that I won’t be competing at NCAAs. Before the race, I was thinking, ‘I better not mess this up.’ All of my best friends were in the stands,” King said. “The energy has been so different. We have such a large group. I am proud to represent them.”

 

To read more about Lilly King’s final performance at NCAA D1 Champs this year,
check out the May 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

016 NO LEDECKY…NO MANUEL… NO PROBLEM
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Andy Ross
Relying on a younger team—with 10 underclass-men—Stanford still won its third straight women’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving team title. It’s just that this year’s margin of victory was much closer than the previous two.

WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION I MINI-FEATURES:

018 BROOKE FORDE: MAKING THE EXTRA EFFORT

019 BEATA NELSON: UN-BEATA-BLE NELSON

021 ABBEY WEITZEIL/CAL BEARS: THE OTHER CHAMPIONS

022 LILLY KING: LILLY’S LEGACY

024 WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Peter H. Bick

026 THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
by Dan D’Addona and David Rieder
The depth of Cal’s Golden Bears was on full display at this year’s men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, proving they were the best team in the nation.

MEN’S NCAA DIVISION I MINI-FEATURES:

028 DANIEL CARR: SECOND CHANCE PAYS OFF

029 SILVER LININGS FOR SECOND-PLACE TEXAS

031 DEAN FARRIS: DEAN OF THE POOL

032 MEN’S NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Peter H. Bick

034 STILL NO. 1
by Andy Ross, Cathleen Pruden, Olivia Wile and Grace Nordquist
All of the schools that won college national championships last year for NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA repeated as champions in 2019. Their winning streaks range from two to 45!

038 ’59 MICHIGAN TEAM STILL “THE GREATEST OF ’EM ALL”
by Bruce Wigo
For overall strength as well as balance in all the strokes, distances and diving, no team in history has ever dominated the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships like the 1959 University of Michigan Wolverines.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: FRANK KEEFE
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: CONDITIONING TO OPTIMIZE TECHNIQUE (Part 2)
by Rod Havriluk
As explained in Part 1, there are three types of sets that are critical to emphasizing technique: skill sets, transition sets and test sets. Part 2 presents strategies to integrate these three sets into a conditioning program.

041 SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING FOR THE 200 FLY
by Michael J. Stott
Coach Sean Farrell’s recent success with distance flyers at the Cheshire YMCA/Sea Dog Swim Club in Connecticut results from having good athletes, a defined sense of how to train them and a philosophy focused on training the whole athlete.

043 Q&A WITH COACH DAN MASCOLO
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN JULIA STEVENS
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: MORGAN RAZEWSKI
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

013 OFFICIAL WORD

040 DID YOU KNOW? ISHOF’S FIRST HONOREES: A “SPORTS SPECTACULAR”

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

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    Benjamin

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