Lilly King Breaks Amanda Beard’s National 17-18 Age Group Record

Lani Cabrera
by Lani Cabrera 2

December 05th, 2015 National, News


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18-year old Lilly King dominated the A final of the women’s 200m breaststroke at day 3 of the 2015 AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals. She touched the pad in a new American national age group record time of 2:24.47, shedding almost a second off of Amanda Beard‘s previous 15-year old record of 2:25.35, done at the 2000 Olympic Games. Her time in this event was also the fastest time posted by any American woman this year and a tie with Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen, for the 6th fastest time in the world for the 2015-16 season.

King started the race impressively and was able to maintain a strong pace throughout the race, resulting in her record breaking swim. She turned at her first 50m in a time of 33.18, and her split at the 100m mark was 1:09.84. Her 3rd and 4th 50m’s were 37.82 and 37.08 respectively, making her second 100m split 1:14.90.

King swam a personal best in the preliminaries, a time of 2:27.01 and came to the finals and took nearly 3 seconds off of her previous personal record.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Finally! Finally someone breaks that old NAG record!
It just shows how that time by Amanda Beard was impressive for the period considering that she did it with no modern suit on her and with no dolphin kicks.

Great swim by Lilly King. First time she shows she’s not only a 100 breast swimmer.
Almost 5 seconds dropped in one day.
That 200 breast improvement will help her to finish better her 100.
She’s on track to take the power of US women’s breaststroke in the next years.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Very solid and talented swimmer . Us is getting seriously better at breast right now – Soni left a big space behind her after 2012 . Lilly is going for it – which is great . The Us medley will need her next year .

About Lani Cabrera

Lani Cabrera

My name is Lani Cabrera and I’m from a small island in the Caribbean called Barbados. I am a senior on the swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University and I also swim for the Barbados National Team. I am studying Public Relations here at FGCU and I have always had …

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