Lilly King

Lillia Camille King[2] (born February 10, 1997)[5] is an American swimmer who specializes in breaststroke. She currently represents the Cali Condors, a team that is part of the International Swimming League. At the 2016 Summer Olympics she won the gold medal in the 100 meter breaststroke competition and also won a gold medal in the women's 4 × 100 m medley relay, in which she swam the breaststroke leg. For the 2020 Summer Olympics, King qualified to compete in two individual events, the 100 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter breaststroke. She is the current world record holder in 100-metre.

Lilly King
Lilly King after winning (27900745057).jpg
King in 2018
Personal information
Full nameLillia Camille King[1]
Nickname(s)King
National teamUnited States
Born (1997-02-10) February 10, 1997 (age 24)[2]
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.[2]
Height5 ft 8.5 in (174 cm)[3]
Weight154 lb (70 kg)[3]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBreaststroke
ClubCali Condors[4]
Indiana Swim Club
College teamIndiana University

Silver in 4x100 medley relay in 2020 Olympics

Early lifeEdit

King was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Mark and Ginny King. Mark ran track and cross-country at Indiana State University and Ginny swam for Eastern Kentucky University and Illinois State University. King's younger brother Alex is a walk-on swimmer at the University of Michigan.[6] King attended FJ Reitz High School, where the school's swim team shared Lloyd Pool with five other teams.[6] The lanes at Lloyd Pool were often crowded with swimmers below King's ability, so in order to help compensate, King added several morning practices a week with the local masters team and joined a competitive swim team called the Newburgh Sea Creatures.[6]

CareerEdit

CollegeEdit

King attended Indiana University Bloomington, where she competed for the Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team.[5]

At the NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships during her freshman year, she was crowned the NCAA Champion in the 100 yard breaststroke (56.85) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:03.59). The performance established King as one of the best short course yards breaststroke swimmers in history, setting the American, NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open, Indiana school, Big Ten, and Georgia Tech Pool records in winning the NCAA titles.[5][7] That same freshman year she was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, earned four All-America honors, First-Team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[5] King continued her elite success by claiming the 100 yard breaststroke and 200 yard breaststroke titles throughout her collegiate career and was only the 2nd woman to ever to sweep the two events for all four years. As a senior, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female swimmer.[8][9]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

2016 Summer Olympics
  100 m breaststroke 1:04.93 (OR)
  4x100 m medley relay 3:53.13

At the 2016 US Olympic trials in Omaha, King won both the 100 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter breaststroke, qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 100-meter breaststroke heats, King finished 1st with a time of 1:05.78 and qualified for the semifinals. There she again finished first with a time of 1:05.70. The next fastest swimmer was Yuliya Yefimova from Russia, the reigning world champion who had previously served a 16-month doping suspension for failing a 2013 drug test. Yefimova also failed a drug test in 2016, but with no research on how long the drug stayed in a person's system, she was not banned or given a suspension.[10] As King looked on from the ready room, where swimmers gather before they race, Yefimova won her semifinal and wagged her index finger. After posting the fastest time in the 100 m breaststroke semifinals, King expressed distaste. In a post-race interview with NBC, King said, "You wave your finger No. 1 and you’ve been caught drug cheating? I’m not a fan."[11] King went on to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke, setting an Olympic record of 1:04.93 in the process.[12]

In the 200-meter breaststroke heats, King finished 15th with a time of 2:25.89 and qualified for the semifinals. She finished 7th in her semifinal with a time of 2:24.59. She did not qualify for the final.[13]

USA Today said King and Yefimova's rivalry "was heightened by the backstory, the international rivalry, and the high stakes of a final event. It was the Olympics at its very, very best."[14] Sporting News noted the two "joined the list of the hottest U.S.-Soviet/Russian head-to-heads in sports history."[15] As a result of her approach to the 2016 Summer Olympics and her rivalry with Yefimova, King developed a reputation as being "friendly but fiery, with no filter and no apologies."[6] Some journalists criticized her treatment of Yefimova.[16][17]

2017 World ChampionshipsEdit

 
King at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.

At the 2017 US Nationals, the qualification meet for the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, King swept the breaststroke events. She won the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 29.66, the 100-meter breaststroke with 1:04.95, and the 200-meter breaststroke with 2:21.83.

In her first event at the 2017 World Championships, King won the 100-meter breaststroke with a world record time of 1:04.13.[18] King's American teammate Katie Meili finished second and Yulia Efimova touched third. The race was highly anticipated because Efimova had nearly broken the former world record and mockingly wagged her finger during the semifinal.[19]

2018Edit

At the 2018 US Nationals, the qualification meet for the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, King won two of three breaststroke events. She dominated the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 29.82 and the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.36.[20][21] King also placed 5th in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:25.31).[21]

2018 Pan Pacific ChampionshipsEdit

King competed in a total of three events at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships held in Tokyo, Japan in August 2018. She won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:05.44.[1][22][23] In her other two events she won silver medals, swimming a 2:22.12 in the 200-meter breaststroke and splitting a 1:04.86 on the breaststroke leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay.[1][24]

2019Edit

2019 World ChampionshipsEdit

2019 World Championships
  50 m breaststroke 29.84
  100 m breaststroke 1:04.93
  4x100 m medley relay 3:50.40 (WR)
  4x100 m mixed medley relay 3:39.10

In her first event at the 2019 World Championships, King won the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:04.93. She also won the 50-meter breaststroke easily with a 29.84.[25] In the 200-meter breaststroke, King was disqualified in the prelims heats for not touching the wall simultaneously with both hands on one of her turns.[25][26] King swam the breaststroke leg of the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay with Ryan Murphy swimming backstroke, Caeleb Dressel swimming butterfly, and Simone Manuel swimming freestyle. She was the only female swimmer to swim the breaststroke leg of the mixed relay out of all eight relays in the final. The relay finished second, two hundredths of a second behind the Australian relay team, taking silver in the event. Lastly, King was a part of the world record-breaking 4x100-meter medley relay with Regan Smith, Kelsi Dahlia, and Simone Manuel in a time of 3:50.40.[25]

International Swimming LeagueEdit

In 2019 she was a member of the inaugural International Swimming League representing the Cali Condors, who finished third place in the final match in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. King was the only swimmer in the league to go undefeated in multiple matches winning all 16 events she participated in throughout the season.[27]

2021Edit

2020 US Olympic TrialsEdit

On the second day of the 2020 US Olympic Trials (delayed to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), June 14, 2021, King set a Championship Record in the semifinals of the 100-meter breaststroke swimming a 1:04.72.[28] Her time was also the fastest time amongst women globally in the long course 100-meter breaststroke for the year up to that point in 2021.[29][30] In the final for the 100-meter breaststroke the evening of the next day of competition, day three, King finished first with a time of 1:04.79, less than a second ahead of second place finisher Lydia Jacoby, and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the event.[31][32] This was King's second time making a US Olympic Team.[33] In her post-win interview for the 100-meter breaststroke on the NBC telecast covering day three of the US Olympic Trials in swimming, King expressed excitement about getting to call herself a two time Olympian.[34]

In the prelims for the 200-meter breaststroke on day five of competition, King ranked third swimming a 2:25.82 and advancing to the semifinals.[35][36] She swam a 2:22.73 in the semifinals, ranking first, and advancing to the final.[37][38] In the final, King swam a 2:21.75, finishing in second place and qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the event.[39][40]

2020 Summer OlympicsEdit

2020 Summer Olympics
  200 m breaststroke 2:19.92
  100 m breaststroke 1:05.54

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, King swam the third fastest time overall in the prelims of the 100-meter breaststroke and advanced to the semifinals.[41][42] King advanced to the final with her swim of 1:05.40 in the semifinals, ranking second overall.[43][44] In the final, King won the bronze medal with a time of 1:05.54, less than a second behind the first place finisher, American Lydia Jacoby, who swam a 1:04.95.[45] After the race, King said "We love to keep that gold in the USA family... This kid just had the swim of her life and I'm so proud to be her teammate and win bronze for my country."[46]

On day five of competition, King swam a 2:22.10 in her prelims heat of the 200-meter breaststroke, qualifying for the semifinals ranking second overall behind South African Tatjana Schoenmaker.[47] In the semifinals of the event on day six of competition, King qualified for the final, ranking second in her semifinal heat and fifth overall with her time of 2:22:27.[48][49] In the final of the 200-meter breaststroke, King won the silver medal with a personal best time of 2:19.92.[50][51]

In the prelims of the 4x100-medley relay, King swam the breaststroke leg of the relay, splitting a 1:05.51 and helping advance the relay to the final ranked second.[52]

HonorsEdit

On September 11, 2018, the city of Evansville approved the new Deaconess Aquatic Center, which is to replace Lloyd Pool, within which the facility's competition pool is to be named in honor of King, who personally pushed for the project.[53]

Personal best timesEdit

Event Time Location Date Notes
50 m breaststroke (long course) 29.40 Budapest July 30, 2017
100 m breaststroke (long course) 1:04.13 Budapest July 25, 2017 WR
200 m breaststroke (long course) 2:19.92 Tokyo July 29, 2021
50 yd breaststroke (short course) 25.98 Austin, TX March 22, 2019
100 yd breaststroke (short course) 55.73 Austin, TX March 22, 2019 WR
200 yd breaststroke (short course) 2:02.60 Columbus, Ohio March 17, 2018 WR
Legend: WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

World recordsEdit

Distance Event Time Meet Location Date Age Ref
100 m (long course) Breaststroke 1:04.13 2017 World Aquatics Championships Budapest, Hungary July 25, 2017 20 [54]
50 m (long course) Breaststroke 29.40 2017 World Aquatics Championships Budapest, Hungary July 30, 2017 20 [55]
4×100 m (long course) Medley relay 3:50.40 2019 World Aquatics Championships Gwangju, South Korea July 28, 2019 22 [25]

PersonalEdit

Following her win of a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, King expressed her frustration concerning the negative treatment of athletes who won a medal other than gold by some Americans.[56]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Records
Preceded by

Rūta Meilutytė
Women's 50-meter breaststroke
world record-holder (long course)

July 30, 2017 – May 22, 2021
Succeeded by

Benedetta Pilato
Preceded by

Rūta Meilutytė
Women's 100-meter breaststroke
world record-holder (long course)

July 25, 2017 – present
Succeeded by

Incumbent