Watch: Lilly King Blasts The U.S. Open Record W/ 2:03.59 200 Breast

Video courtesy Melvin Keith, and recap courtesy Jared Anderson: 


  • NCAA Record: Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2:04.06
  • American Record: Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2:04.06
  • U.S. Open Record: Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2:04.06
  • Championship Record: Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2:04.06
  • Pool Record: Lilly King, Indiana, 2:06.43
  • 2015 Champion: Kierra Smith, Minnesota, 2:04.56

Top 3:

  1. Lilly King, Indiana – 2:03.59
  2. Miranda Tucker, Indiana – 2:06.27
  3. Emily Escobedo, UMBC – 2:06.43

In a huge coup for Indiana, the Hoosiers took down NCAA, American, U.S. Open and NCAA meet record plus the top two spots in the women’s 200 breaststroke. Most of that came courtesy of Lilly Kingthe freshman sensation who smashed the national record by about half a second with a 2:03.59.

King completes a breaststroke sweep of the meet and becomes Indiana’s first national champion in the 200 breast. Her time takes down the national records previously held by Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney from 2014.

Her freshman teammate Miranda Tucker went 2:06.27 for second place, giving IU a rookie sweep of gold and silver on the national stage.

UMBC junior Emily Escobedo was 2:06.43 in one of the best swims we’ve seen from a mid-major conference swimmer this year. She takes home bronze, beating out Stanford senior Sarah Haase (2:06.50).

Texas A&M finished two inside the top 7, with Bethany Galat going  2:07.18 for fifth and Esther Gonzalez 2:08.49 for seventh. That should help them make a leap in the team battle against Virginia, especially with Cavalier Laura Simonlast year’s runner-up, fading all the way to 16th.

Georgia continued to stockpile points, getting 13 from 6th-place finisher Annie Zhu (2:08.18). And in a freshman-heavy event, USC frosh Kirsten Vose was 2:10.42 for 8th place.

Missouri went 1-2 in the B final, with Katharine Ross winning in 2:07.24.

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bobo gigi

Soniesque rhythm
Impressive finish
She’s a beast.

bobo gigi

Here’s also Kelsi Worrell’s 100 fly American record

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