How Fast Will Lilly King Swim at 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comOlympic and World Champion Lilly King was SwimSwam’s 2020 U.S. Swimmer of the Year because the global pandemic did not slow her down. King crushed her competition over ISL’s second season representing the Cali Condors.

At USA Swimming’s most recent Pro Swim Series in San Antonio King swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but she was edged by Emily Escobedo at the Richmond Pro Swim. I have a feeling King would’ve swum faster had she been racing head-to-head with Escobedo.

WAY TOO EARLY 2021 SWIMMING PREDICTIONS

I can’t pretend to doubt King—not even a tiny bit. King dominates the field in the 100 breast at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, inching close to her personal best at 1:04.3. She also wins the 200 breast, going out fast and holding on for 2:21.5

But who cares what I think? I wanna know what you think. Give me your best expert swimming analysis.

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See Lilly King’s personal best times:

  • 100 breast – 1:04.13
  • 200 breast – 2:21.39

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Hswimmer
11 months ago

She’s not winning that 200. Escobedo is on a roll. I see Escobedo going 2:21 low at the LEAST. Will be close second between Lazor, King, and Galat.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Hswimmer
11 months ago

I’ve gotta call Lazor the favorite for me. She’s been 2:20 and seems to get faster every time she hits the pool.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

US Open 2020 Escobedo beat Lazor and King going 2:22 and she recently was 2:23. I believe she has 2:20 in her

Hswimmer
Reply to  Hswimmer
11 months ago

2019**

Stewie
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

“FIRE THE LAZOR!!!!! “

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Stewie
11 months ago
Stewie
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago
wow
Reply to  Hswimmer
11 months ago

Lazor went 2:20 tapered and went 2:21 in-season before the pandemic.
I see the main race between Lazor, Escobedo, and King. Lazor the favorite.

Khachaturian
11 months ago

According to multiple facts and opinions, I am pushing forward with the statement that I think Lilly King will, in fact, be swimming fast at Olympic trials.

Coleman Hodges
Reply to  Khachaturian
11 months ago

whoa. this will take some time to digest

lolololol
Reply to  Khachaturian
11 months ago

I think you might be right

Paul
11 months ago

Trials: 1:05.20, 2:22.00
Tokyo: 1:04.80, 2:20.50

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Paul
11 months ago

2:22 might not be enough to get a swim at Tokyo

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Paul
11 months ago

There’s a good chance that 2:22.0 won’t get it done at Trials this year. Both Annie Lazor and Emily Escobedo are swimming very, very well, and both have been that fast or better. Then you have Galat, who’s been 2:21.77. Throw in Galat, who has been 2:21.7 (albeit not lately), and you add in a swimmer who has every motivation to go full-taper for Trials.

676
Reply to  Paul
11 months ago

I think she’ll go a WR in the 100

Monday Morning Grind
11 months ago

I’m of the opinion that King and Co. will see how stiff the competition is in the 200 breast and do a full taper for trials because she wants both events in Tokyo.

Trials:
1:04.0 1st
2:20.9 2nd

Tokyo:
1:03.9 1st
2:22.9 9th in Semi’s

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
11 months ago

Mel, I think 2:21.5 will not make the team. Escobedo and Lazor for me!

Hswimmer
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
11 months ago

I agree

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
11 months ago

I always want to see faster swimming, so hope you’re right. I still think King is the safe projection, re: big meet swimmers get it done when it counts.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
11 months ago

I believe Escobedo will have a big breakthrough swim

Coleman Hodges
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
11 months ago

I would love if this were the case, but Trials Finals are never about people going best times. I would bet a lot of money 2:21.5 makes the team, regardless of who makes it

Alex Dragovich
11 months ago

I think King is somewhat underestimated in the 200 BR. She went 2:21 LCM in season (beating Efimova) in 2019 but lost out on performing fully tapered at Worlds b/c of the DQ. Then 2020 was 2020. Skepticism is warranted given her relative inconsistency in the 200 LCM during the quad. But I also think she is fully equipped to break the world record and win gold. I’d bet she wins both the 100 & 200 at trials.

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Alex Dragovich
11 months ago

…..best analysis yet Alex….

James Beam
11 months ago

A 1-2 combo of Lazor @ 2:19.85 and King @ 2:20.02 at OT’s…(I would love to be a fly on the wall to watch their practices at IU…)

PhillyMark
Reply to  James Beam
11 months ago

Got 2 IU pros doing podcasts now, so theres lots of practice material to view

KEVIN
11 months ago

Molly Hannis.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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