Lilly King Awarded $15,000 Bonus for Undefeated 2019 ISL Season

The International Swimming League has announced a $15,000 bonus that will be paid to Cali Condors swimmer Lilly King on account of her undefeated inaugural season in the league.

King won the 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and swam on the winning women’s 400 medley relay at all 4 of the Condors’ meets in the 2019 season. The only other swimmer who went undefeated on the year individually, let alone on relays, was Daiya Seto of Energy Standard. Seto only swam the finale in Las Vegas, however, so his tally was 3-for-3, and he also swam on a 7th-place medley relay, so his record wasn’t quite as perfect as King’s.

This adds on to the $45,900 that King earned in already-announced prize money in the ISL regular season, which ranked her 7th-most in the league. With the $15,000 bonus, she would rank 3rd behind only Sarah Sjostrom ($139,700) and Caeleb Dressel ($98,700).

King is no stranger to undefeated recognition: this spring, she became the first swimmer in history to go undefeated in both the women’s 100 and 200 breaststrokes in all 4 seasons of her NCAA career, and just the 3rd woman in Division I history to go undefeated in multiple events (Natalie Coughlin of Cal, 100 back & 100 fly, 2001-2004; Kara Lynn Joyce of Georgia, 50 free & 100 free, 2004-2007).

Top Individual Winning Percentages, 2019 International Swimming League Season

  1. Lilly King: 100% (12-0) – Cali Condors
  2. Daiya Seto: 100% (3-0) – Energy Standard
  3. Caeleb Dressel: 87.5% (14-2) – Cali Condors
  4. Guilherme Guido: 87.5% (7-1) – London Roar
  5. Minna Atherton: 83.3% (10-2) – London Roar
  6. Melanie Margalis: 63.6% (7-4) – Cali Condors
  7. Sarah Sjostrom: 60.0% (12-8) – Energy Standard
  8. Alexander Graham: 57.1% (4-3) – London Roar
  9. Katinka Hosszu: 56.3% (9-7) – Iron
  10. Evgeny Rylov: 55.6% (5-4) – Energy Standard

In spite of the efforts of King (and Caeleb Dressel and Melanie Margalis, who also appear in the top 10), the Condors finished 3rd at the Las Vegas Grand Finale last weekend at Mandalay Bay.

King won 2 Olympic gold medals at the Rio Games in 2016, topping the 100 breaststroke and 400 medley relay. She’s the two-time defending World Champion in long course in both the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststokre as well. King’s most frequent international rival, Yulia Efimova of Russia, is ineligible for ISL competition as a result of a doping sanction that she received in 2014.

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Mean Dean
1 year ago

What’d Dressel lose in? 50 breast and the 100 fly against le Clos?

Reply to  Mean Dean
1 year ago

And he didn’t participate at all in the first meet.

1 year ago

I would say it’s fair to recognIse it. How much is it:~ $1000 per race? It would be a great prize. Yesterday. These days it’s pretty much modest for such unique professional achievement.

1 year ago

She deserves it and the recognition. Merry Christmas to her!

Reply to  Momof2
1 year ago

what a champ ….

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