2018 W. NCAAs: King Goes 56.02 for Fastest 100 Breast Relay Split Ever


In finals of the 400 medley relay Thursday night, Indiana’s Lilly King broke her own record for the fastest 100 breast relay split of all-time.

King, a junior, split 25.88/30.14 for her time of 56.02. During the swim, she built a body length’s lead over Stanford’s Kim Williams, who went 58.89. Indiana would end up with silver as Stanford went on to win gold in American record fashion.

King was the only swimmer under :57, and one of only two under :58 — Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky spit 57.49.

Compared to last year, she took her 1st 50 out .08 slower, but was able to close .23 faster this time around.

Swimmer 1ST 50 2ND 50 FINAL TIME
Lilly King (2018 NCAAs) 25.88 30.14 56.02
Lilly King (2017 NCAAs) 25.80 30.37 56.17

She’ll swim her individual 100 breast tomorrow. To put Thursday’s swim in perspective and compare it to her individual PR of 56.30 from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, we can subtract the reaction time from both her individual swim (.59) and her new relay split (.28), which yields 55.71 and 55.74. Thus, we might expect her to be within a very close margin of record pace tomorrow, if not under it.

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Smoking fast. Go Lilly.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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