Hoosiers Get Verbal from Lilly King, NAG Recordholder and Top Breaststroker in Class

Indiana University women’s swimming and diving team scored a huge victory when Lilly King, who swims for Newburgh Sea Creatures, gave them her verbal commitment today. Keeping King in-state is a major coup for the Hoosiers, as she is a highly sought-after breaststroker.

The Francis Joseph Reitze High School senior from Evansville, Indiana broke the 15-16 national age group record -as well as the meet record- going 59.67 in the 100y breast at Winter Juniors in December 2013. More recently, she won the 100m breast at Junior Pan Pacs with a meet record of 1:07.98. Her top times are:

50y breast 27.10 (relay)  50m breast  31.18
100y breast 59.67  100m breast 1:07.98
200y breast 2:11.17 200m breast 2:29.83
200y IM 2:01.00 200m IM 2:19.41
400y IM 4:21.55 400m IM 4:58.12

King will be an immediate impact player for the Hoosiers. Indiana placed only one breaststroker in the top 24 for both the 100 and 200 events at B1G Championships this year, and that was a senior who has since graduated. King’s 59-mid would have been the second-fastest time out of prelims in the 100, and her 2:11 would have been the fourth-fastest 200 in prelims.

In addition to her potential to score in the A finals in the 100/200 breast as a freshman, King’s current 200 IM time would have landed her in the 2014 B final.

She has spent the last three years battling a top-two breaststroker in the high school class of 2014 Bethany Galat in the state of Indiana, and King now should have that stage to herself as a senior. She’ll be chasing the 59.66 that Galat swam last year as the State Record – a race in which King was also under the old record, but came in 2nd place.

Indiana finished second to Minnesota at 2014 Big Ten Championships. Lilly King will be a welcomed addition to the 2015-16 roster as she will fill a much-needed slot in the Hoosiers’ lineup.

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..finished second to Minnesota*


All I can say is I can’t believe that another amazing Indiana swimmer is going to to IU to fail if not get hurt!! She could have done so much better! If she wanted to be great she would have gone to Georgia! I swam in Indiana and have seen so many good swimmers go to IU and not get any better heck most of the time go slower. But I hope im wrong!


I guess you were wrong!


Good kid, sold herself a little short! Could have gone anywhere, but I guess wanted to stay close to home. Stanford (Ledecky), Cal, USC or Arizona would have been much better choices. I believe Stanford or Cal will be battling for the NC crown for several years to come. Not often you get that opportunity to go somewhere and be part to something like that. IU has a nice program, but not even in the same conversation as the above mentioned schools! Oh well, wish her the best! Very fast! I just believe she could have done much better! Maybe bad advice?


Yes, I think we can all safely say your advice would have been bad had she listened.

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