Lilly King Finds Ease in her “Bread and Butter” Event (Video)

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Jared Anderson.

WOMEN’S 50 BREAST:

  1. GOLD: Lilly King– 29.82
  2. SILVER: Molly Hannis– 30.07
  3. BRONZE: Katie Meili– 30.72
  4. FOURTH: Jorie Caneta- 30.86

Defending world champ Lilly King touched out Molly Hannis for the national 50 breast title, redemption after missing the Pan Pacs team in the 200 breast last night. The win tonight won’t put King onto the Pan Pacs squad (she’ll have to wait for the 100 breast for her last shot at that), but it does essentially clinch her a berth on the World Championships team next summer, where she’ll have a chance to defend her 2017 world title and challenge her own world record.

Hannis fought hard but dropped off the lead pace over the final 10 meters or so and just missed the 30 second barrier. King wound up going 29.82 (two tenths off her season-best) and Hannis 30.07. Those two sit 1st and 2nd in the world this year, though neither bettered their top-ranked times tonight.

Katie Meili was 30.72 for third, and will have to wait for the 100 to fight for her World Champs berth as well. Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta (30.86) and Minnesota’s Lindsay Kozelsky (30.87) started an NCAA-heavy run, with the latter tying pro Breeja Larson for fifth. Future Indiana Hoosier Emily Weiss was seventh (30.88) and A&M grad Bethany Galat rounded out the heat in 31.19.

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Hswimmer

I mean Hannis almost beat her here

Lpman

She got smmmmmmmmoked in that 200 br.

CROOKED HILLARY

It was the heat 🙂

CraigH

That was a big assumption at the end of the video that she will find out where she is at Pan Pacs.

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