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.