Lilly King: “I just told myself to go, and I went… pretty easy”


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • NCAA Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 55.88 – 2019
  • American Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 55.88 – 2019
  • Meet Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 56.25 – 2018


  1. GOLD: Lilly King, Indiana, 55.73
  2. SILVER: Delaney Duncan, EMU, 57.83
  3. BRONZE: Sophie Hansson, NC State, 57.90
  4. Lindsey Kozelsky, Minnesota, 58.09
  5. Ida Hulkko, FSU, 58.58
  6. Alexis Wenger, Virginia, 58.64
  7. Miranda Tucker, Michigan, 58.83
  8. Ema Rajic, Cal, 59.43

Indiana’s Lilly King was way under record pace at the 50, splitting a 25.98. She continued to dominate on the 2nd 50, breaking her American Record by just over a tenth in 55.73. That’s the 2nd time in history we’ve seen a sub-56, as King first broke the barrier at the 2019 Big Ten Championships last month. King now owns 9 of the 10 fastest performances ever. Fellow Rio Olympian Molly Hannis is the only other person remaining on that list at #7.

Eastern Michigan’s Delaney Duncan moved ahead of NC State freshman Sophie Hansson and Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky on the back half. Duncan finished 2nd in 57.83, making her the 10th fastest performer in history. That was EMU’s highest finish in program history. Hansson, the ACC Champion and 7th fastest all-time, was just over a tenth shy of her best to take 3rd in 57.90. Kozelsky, who was #10 on the all-time top performers list before Duncan bumped her out of the top 10, finished 3rd tonight in 58.09. She was out in 26.95 to challenge for 2nd, but lost some steam coming home.

There were 3 freshmen from the ACC in tonight’s final. Florida State freshman Ida Hulkko, who broke 59 for the first time this morning, dropped a few more tenths off her best to take 5th in 58.58.Virginia freshman Alexis Wenger was a few tenths shy of her best to take 6th in 58.64.

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3 years ago

Wow! She makes it so easy for people to root against her. That’s talent!

3 years ago

so she might go Pro this year and join the club of fresh Talented Us swimmers who went pro last year …

3 years ago

Her graduation is similar to Natalie Coughlin graduating. She’s performed so insanely ahead of the field for four straight NCAAs. 55.73 could be like Coughlin’s 49.97 100 back or 50.01 100 fly! But you never know.

3 years ago

As amazing as that swim is, she’s still even better LCM.

Reply to  Fluidg
3 years ago

agreed – this summer , she will show that again to anyone around

3 years ago

No question she’s a phenomenal swimmer. Something about her interview style though……..

Reply to  hambone
3 years ago

It’s spelled S-W-A-G-G-E-R and I like it.

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