15-Year-Old Lily King Swims 22.68 50 Free at Christiansburg Sectionals

2022 Speedo Sectional Championship – Christiansburg

  • March 24-27, 2022
  • Christiansburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg, VA
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Psych Sheet
  • Results on MeetMobile “2022EZ Southern Region Speedo Champ Series”

Top 5 Team Scores Through Day 3


  1. Occoquan Swimming Inc – 762
  2. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 508
  3. Lancaster Aquatic Club – 394.5
  4. Arlington Aquatic Club – 358
  5. Fox Chapel Killer Whales – 304.5


  1. Occoquan Swimming Inc – 424
  2. Arlington Aquatic Club – 262
  3. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 251
  4. Annapolis Swim Club – 158.5
  5. Loyola Blakefield Aquatics – 143


  1. Occoquan Swimming Inc – 338
  2. Fox Chapel Killer Whales – 298.5
  3. Lancaster Aquatic Club – 284
  4. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 257
  5. Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics – 208.5

On Saturday’s finals session at the Speedo Sectionals meet in Christiansburg, 15-year-old Lily King (MPAC) won the women’s 50 free in 22.68. The swim marks a new personal best for King by 0.06 seconds. Despite the small time drop, King broke into the all-time top 100 rankings for 15-16 girls in the event with her performance tonight.

19-year-old Matvei Namakonov (AAC) won the men’s 50 free with a 20.31, touching first by 0.31 seconds. The swim was a new personal best for Namakonov by 0.30 seconds.

Another AAC swimmer, Michael Zhang, an 18-year-old, won the men’s 200 breast handily, swimming a 1:59.08. With the swim, Zhang chipped 0.04 seconds off his personal best.

Joe Hayburn (ASC) won the men’s 100 back with a 47.95, touching first by two seconds. The swim comes in just off his personal best of 47.37, which he swam at the end of February.

Ashley Mellinger (LAC), 13, won another event on Saturday, taking the women’s 500 free in 4:56.49. The swim took a second off her previous personal best of 4:57.51. Teddy Blake (MERC), 16, won the men’s 500 free with a 4:31.53.

Other Saturday Event Winners

  • Women’s 200 Fly: Sophia Heilen (OCCS) – 2:02.13
  • Men’s 200 Fly: Cameron Shinnick (LBA) – 1:51.42
  • Women’s 200 Breast: Sarah Shaffer (PRA) – 2:19.88
  • Women’s 100 Back: Gwyneth Frick (NCAP) – 55.75

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10 months ago

Lilly King’s answer to Kate Douglass breaking her 200 breast record was to spawn a 50 freestyler

10 months ago

Upon Dean’s retirement the natural order of the universe was thrown off and chaos ensued.

new york’s battle leader :)
10 months ago

alright who opened the multiverse

Lizard King
10 months ago

The multiverse is real

Reply to  Lizard King
10 months ago

Scary thought there’s a timeline where Lilly king is a 50 freestyler and wins gold there in 2016

10 months ago

That’s Lilly King. This is Lily King.

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

We’re living in strange times Braden – that a parallel universe has collapsed into ours where Lilly is now a 15 year old freestyler seems more plausible than what you posit.

Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
10 months ago

I think at one point Russia had two different Daria Ustinovas on the same international squad, so why can’t the USA have multiple Lily Kings?

Reply to  Beachmouse
10 months ago

They still do. But they used to, too.

Reply to  Beachmouse
10 months ago

plus there is another breaststroke swimmer called (j)efimova, but i think she’s estonian

and who could forget tess howley, townley haas alter ego

Reply to  steer
10 months ago

They both have the same Russian surname (Ефимова) and they both are ethnic Russians.
But look how many Smith we can see in one race at highest international meets. And nobody cares about that.

Last edited 10 months ago by Yozhik
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

not to be confused with the famous rapper Lil’ Icking

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

Yeah, we all confused them. Until you enlightened us. Thank you sir.

Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

One L but she wags 2 fingers

10 months ago

Omg the second coming

10 months ago

If you click on “Lily king’s” name it shows “Lilly king”