2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
- Duna Arena
- LCM (50-meter format)
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Speaking to the Indy Star on Tuesday, Looze said that King is competing at “80% of what her capability is,” coming off the two-time defending champion’s fourth-place finish in the women’s 100 breaststroke on Monday.
“She’s doing the best she can,” Looze said. “It doesn’t take a genius to kind of know what’s going on, given the world around us.”
Former U.S. Olympian Josh Davis had noted King was dealing with COVID in the lead-up to Worlds on the SwimSwam Watch Party during one of the finals sessions.
King, who owns the world record in the 100 breast in a time of 1:04.13, was fourth in the event in a time of 1:06.07, the slowest showing in a major individual final of her career.
The event was won by Italian Benedetta Pilato in 1:05.93, which was the slowest winning time for the event since 2005.
King’s teammate and Indiana training partner Annie Lazor was disqualified in the event’s semi-finals, leaving the U.S. off the podium in the women’s 100 breaststroke for just the second time since 2001 (also happened in 2015).
King had qualified for the final in eighth, meaning if Lazor’s DQ was overturned (there was a protest), she would’ve been bumped out.
King is also scheduled to race the 50 and 200 breaststroke later in the meet, the former of which she is the two-time defending world champion.
The 25-year-old did earn a gold medal on Tuesday night in the mixed 400 medley relay, as she swam the preliminary breaststroke leg for the American team that went on to win gold in the final in a time of 3:38.79.
Another Indiana University swimmer, Michael Brinegar, was forced to pull out of the open water 25km event at Worlds due to COVID-19.