B1G Swim: Lilly King Smashes American, NCAA Records With 56.30 100 BR


The Big Ten Women’s Championships continue to bring the heat on a busy weekend in college swimming, with Lilly King breaking the first American record of the 2017 collegiate postseason. King went 56.30 to cut a half-second off her own American and NCAA 100 breast records.

The Indiana sophomore won the event by 2.6 seconds over a field full of top-shelf breaststrokers. In fact, second and third place in the Big Ten race (Minnesota’s Lindsey Horejsi and Kierra Smith) would rank #6 and #7 in the NCAA rankings, depending, of course, on swims at other conference meets around the country tonight. King currently leads the NCAA ranks by more than two seconds.

Last season, King became the first swimmer ever under 57 seconds, and now she threatens to become the first ever under 56. Here’s a look at her splits tonight compared to her splits at the NCAA Championships last year when she set the record:

King 2017 Big Tens King 2016 NCAAs
1st 50 26.35 26.44
2nd 50 29.95 30.41
Final Time: 56.30 56.85

King came back in under 30 seconds, the first time on record we can find a female swimmer coming back that fast in a 100 breaststroke. That also bodes well for King’s 200 breast, which takes place tomorrow.

Bear in mind, too, that King was 57.35 at Big Tens last year before dropping another half-second at NCAAs. If she can accomplish a similar feat in her sophomore season, King will challenge a 55-second 100 breaststroke swim.

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5 years ago

I have a video on my youtube channel, not the best quality but better than no video.

5 years ago

Is there a video

cynthia curran
5 years ago

Breaststroke has changed the most in terms of being faster than any stroke since the 1970’s. The changes of allowing you to got below the hairline with your head and the one dolphin kick in the start and turns has made it about 9 seconds faster than 1976 while fly is only about 6 seconds faster. King does a 56 and in 1976 the American record was only 1:05 while fly is at 49 now for women and it was 55 in 1976.

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5 years ago

I agree, and the changes made the breaststroke more explosive and interesting.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Race video please.

5 years ago


5 years ago

She is gonna be hard to beat comes the summer ( Yes Efimova , u heard it first !!!! )

bobo gigi
5 years ago

I can’t still believe it. Now it’s clear she was much less rested at SCM world championships last December which explains her defeat.
That’s an astonishing performance. I never expected that in the post-olympic season.
Congrats to Lilly King. She must have the goal to break the LCM world record now.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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