Lilly King Smashes American, U.S. Open, NCAA Records in 200 Breast


Lilly King of Indiana took down the American, NCAA, U.S. Open, and meet records in the 200 breaststroke with 2:03.18 tonight. She defended her title with a swim .41 under her mark from 2016 NCAAs.

She went out fast tonight, a full 2/3rds of a second faster than her initial 100 last season with 58.32. Only 17 swimmers in history have been that fast in the individual 100. You can see a split comparison below:

Lilly King (2016 NCAAs)  Lilly King(2017 NCAAs)
27.23/31.81 = 59.04  27.13/31.19 = 58.32
32.02/32.35 = 1:04.37  32.53/32.33 = 1:04.86
Time: 2:03.59  Time: 2:03.18

Minnesota senior Kierra Smith was also under the mark with 2:03.55. She split 59.79 at the 100 with 1:03.76 on the second 100. Though King had the lead through the first 125, Smith came back to challenge her at the end, but King was able to hold her off. Smith’s previous best time was a 2:04.37 from Big Tens.

You can see the fastest swims in history below:

  1. Lilly King (3/2017): 2:03.18
  2. Kierra Smith (3/2017): 2:03.55
  3. Lilly King (3/2016): 2:03.59
  4. Emma Reaney (3/2014): 2:04.06
  5. Emma Reaney (2/2014): 2:04.34

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

After that race you easily understand why Kierra Smith beats Lilly King in long course in that event.
Lilly can survive in yards after such a crazy fast first 100 while she dies in the big pool. She will have to change something in her training to make one day a medal at worlds or olympic games in the 200. Rebecca Soni could give her some tips.
Great race ladies.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

You mean, she might have to train harder?

Reply to  Attila the Runt
4 years ago

But doesn’t she already train harder than anybody else

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Was Lilly King on the Olympic team in the 200 breast or was Kierra Smith?

Captain Obvious
Reply to  SCCOACH
4 years ago

…Smith swam in the final in Rio…

Reply to  Captain Obvious
4 years ago

Haha oops. I downvoted myself

Reply to  SCCOACH
4 years ago

Lily King made the US Olympic team in the 100 & 200 breast. Kierra Smith made the Canadian Olympic team in the 200 breast, and finaled in that event in Rio.

4 years ago

Swimswam commenters: Hey Lilly why don’t you try some humble pie for dessert?
King LIlly: No thanks you guys can eat it yourselves

4 years ago

Smash? Not quite. She beat the record by .4 in a 200 and only won by .3

Reply to  Wow
4 years ago

What is the definition of smash?

Reply to  swimmom
4 years ago


Reply to  Wow
4 years ago

Rowdy Gaines: “I think they should use a different word other than smashed.”

Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 years ago

“Bernard is losing some ground… HERE COMES LEZAK, INCREDIBLE AT THE END”

Reply to  Person
4 years ago

Did anyone notice that Kierra Smith’s arm recovery was consistently in violation of the breaststroke rules? In the 200 BR finals, her elbows were out of the water on virtually every arm recovery. I watched the entire race from front row mid pool and I was floored that she was not disqualified. I have not looked at the video, but I am sure the repeated violations are visible.

Rule 101.2.2 in part states: The elbows shall be under water except for the final stroke before the turn, during the turn
and for the final stroke at the finish.

4 years ago

Sadly, I find it extremely difficult to be happy for a swimmer with the condescending, rude, arrogant attitude she displays.

4 years ago

So happy for Kierra Smith! Her time was also amazing. She is such an fabulous swimmer. She’s humble and appreciative of her coaches and her team. A mere quarter of a second may have won the race, but Kierra’s attitude, humility and grace will continue to win in the real world. And second place at NCAAs ain’t too shabby!

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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