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?

FSt
Reply to  Mean Dean
1 year ago

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

Yozhik
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.

Momof2
1 year ago

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

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Momof2
1 year ago

what a champ ….

Yozhik
1 year ago

If to forget about her confrontation with Efimova who has less media attention among outstanding stars of recent years: Ledecky, Manuel, Franklin, Smith, King? And her achievements in swimming are astonishing. Her consistency is remarkable. Maybe the best one. And she is indeed the swimmer who hates to lose.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Not only does she hate to lose, but let’s flip it around & say she REALLY LOVES to win.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

I wouldn’t say “astonishing” and I wouldn’t excactly say that her consistency is “remakrable.” She has one Olympic gold and didn’t final in the 200 breast. She’s only been within 0.8 sec (at best) of her 2016-17 season WR in the last two years, and only dipped under 1:05 once. Yulia was world #1 in the 100 and 200 in 2017-18 and only 0.4 sec behind King in the 50. King’s only been 0.3-0.5 sec faster ever than the next best in the 100 and hundredths in the 50. Not even close to the gap Ledecky has put up, or Missy with her 200 back, or Regan with her 100/200 back. I’d put her ahead of Manue for individual events,… Read more »

Yozhik
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Ok, let’s put it this way : it is my perception of disproportionately low media coverage of Lilly King.

AfterShock
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Haters gonna hate.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  AfterShock
1 year ago

Pesky facts.

Lpman
1 year ago

Good for her. She is so humble

Jred
Reply to  Lpman
1 year ago

Lily King is many things. Not sure humble is one of them.

But why does she need to be? Different personalities are fun, and Lily King is fun and an amazing swimmer.

Fins
Reply to  Jred
1 year ago

Totally agree with JRED, but can you at least spell her name right?
It is Lilly. I see people do this all the time.

Lpman
Reply to  Jred
1 year ago

The humble part was a tremendous joke. Way to pick up on it

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Lpman
1 year ago

Hey, we’re at the spelling part of the show, so you shouldn’t expect much irony detection.

Olympian
1 year ago

Please tell me they’ll also give bonuses to world records?!

Yozhik
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

World records is kind of FINA’s department. Also because most of swimmers are not peaking for three months long ISL season the management of this league underlines consistently that great times are not the goal of this competition. Therefore they may not want to focus on the quality of individual achievements.

Troyy
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

They can’t really do that and then continue saying it’s all about racing and times don’t matter.

Yozhik
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

Also SC competition isn’t well developed yet and therefore has a lot of soft world records. Maybe ISL wants to wait for a while until breaking SC World record becomes a rare event. It saves money now. 😀

Olympian
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

I can even try and understand the arguments… but swimming is a timed sport and always will be, there’s no scape from it… Are we gonna start giving scores to most beautiful stroke next???? Or keep swimming until someone gets knocked out? LOL

Thing is, let’s keep track of times, training and athletes can certainly adapt to a new months long season and find new ways to perform. Maybe not in this generation, but I see it as something doable.

run-dmc
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

Maybe in another year or two they will start paying bonuses for ISL records.

mrkrabbs
1 year ago

Soooo some ISL guy said “oh look we have an extra $15k laying around, guess I’ll give it to someone who deserves it” (but seriously how do they have this kind of money laying around??

Riez
Reply to  mrkrabbs
1 year ago

CG is a billionaire. ISL needs more (public/media) recognition. Lilly King is a popular athlete around the world.

Swimmomtoo
Reply to  Riez
1 year ago

No, she is not popular around the world. Not even around America.

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