(Video Interview) Lilly King Snapped Out of Her Funk, Won 200 Breast

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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.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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