On top of her stunning 100 breaststroke win in the 4th-fastest performance of all time, Indiana’s Lilly King doubled up on that effort with a 200 breaststroke win on the final night of this year’s Big Ten Championships.
2:05.58 was King’s winning time in the 200 breaststroke, which scored the freshman a new Big Ten Conference record. Re-live the huge victory, capped off by a 2nd-place finish by freshman Hoosier teammate Miranda Tucker with the race video below, courtesy of Indiana Swimming & Diving.
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As originally reported by Loretta Race:
200 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL
- Lilly King, Indiana, 2:05.58
- Miranda Tucker, Indiana – 2:06.52
- Emily Fogle, Purdue – 2:08.07
Huge points for Indiana in the best-case scenario for the Hoosiers in this 200 breaststroke race. Freshman Lilly King stepped up again, successfully sweeping the meet’s breaststroke events by nabbing the 200m title tonight in a new conference championship meet record of 2:05.58. King surged to the lead early and held on, splitting 59.60, the only sub-minute opening 100 of the field. Her 2nd 100 came in at 1:05.98, making King’s overall time so swift, it would have taken 2nd place at last year’s NCAA Championships. King’s effort also makes her the 8th-fastest performer of all time in the event.
Right behind her was teammate (another freshman breaststroking phenom) Miranda Tucker, who stopped the clock less than a second later in 2:06.52. Tucker opened in 1:00.44 and closed in 1:06.08 to give Indiana much-needed 2nd place points in the race. Tucker’s time also was faster than last year’s 2nd place swimmer at the NCAA Championship meet.
Both King and Tucker claimed NCAA automatic qualifying times, as well as slid under the pool record mark.
Purdue’s Emily Fogle improved her 6th place position from this same meet last year in spades, notching the 3rd place position tonight in 2:08.07. Even if Fogle swam her season-best time of 2:07.30 from last November, she wouldn’t have caught the Hoosier leaders tonight.
2:11.23 was the time needed to get the invite to last year’s NCAA Championships, so tonight’s top 6 swimmers dipped under that mark as a testament to how fast this discipline is in the Big Ten.