Indiana’s Lilly King continued her sensational freshman campaign by shattering the American, U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships.
King crushed a 2:03.59 to take a half-second off the previous national mark, set in 2014 by Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney.
That completes a breaststroke sweep for King, who also set a new American record in the 100 breast yesterday.
It’s been a week of barrier-smashing for the Hoosier, who became the first woman ever under 57 in the 100 and now becomes the first under 2:04 in the 200.
Her finals swim included a 59.04 opening 100, a time that would have put her 8th in the individual 100 breaststroke by itself.
In fact, the only difference between her 2:06.4 prelims swim and the 2:03.59 that broke the record at night was the back half. King was eerily similar in her front half splits, going 27.2 and 31.8 for her first 50 splits in both races. At night, though, she came back in 1:04.55 (32.20/32.35) compared to 1:07.34 (33.20/34.14) in prelims.
Here’s a look at King’s splits compared to Reaney’s when she set the record at this meet two years ago:
|King 2016||Reaney 2014|
In an interesting twist, King has now taken apart both breaststroke records set at the same 2014 NCAA meet. The 100 mark was previously held by Breeja Larson from one day earlier than Reaney’s swim.