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One night after winning the 100 breast title despite a race that, in her own words, “sucked,” Lilly King had to bounce back if she wanted to hold off Minnesota’s Kierra Smith in the 200 breast.
She did just that, touching the wall in 2:03.18, to Smith’s 2:03.53, both times under the existing American record. King pounded the water after she touched the wall, explaining how she snapped out of whatever ailed her in the 100 breast and why she was so certain throughout the day she would win the race.