Lilly King

Lily King (February 10th 1997) is an American swimmer from Evansville, Indiana, who will competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic games in Rio. King started swimming at seven-years-old because she said it was the only thing to calm her down.

High School

King has been on the USA swimming radar since a freshman at FJ Reitz High School and a member of Newburgh Sea Creatures. She won her first junior national title in the 100-yard breaststroke age 16 at the US Winter Junior Nationals. Her time of 59.67 was a new National Age Group record.

King graduated from Reitz High School in 2015.

College Career

King decided to stay close to home and attend the University of Indiana (Class of 2019).

King stunned the collegiate swimming world at her first NCAA appearance. In the 100-yard breaststroke, she dived under the 57 second mark for the first time in history. Having already broken the NCAA, American and US Open records with a 57.15 in the prelims, she came back even faster in the finals to take the title in 56.85.

Her 200-yard breaststroke was nothing short of amazing either, as she sent records flying again. King managed to sweep all the 200 yard breaststroke records by almost half a second. She took gold almost three seconds ahead of her Hoosier teammate in 2nd.

2016 US Olympic Trials

King continued her explosive rise to the top by winning the 100M Breaststroke and becoming another first time Olympian. Her time of 1:05.20 puts her among the top in the World this year and surely makes her a true contender for gold.
King added the 200M Breaststroke to her Olympic swims by winning the event with a time of 2:24.08, just .31 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Molly Hannis, another first time Olympian.

2020 US Olympic

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. King advanced to the final with her swim of 1:05.40 in the semifinals, ranking second overall.  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. 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.”

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. 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. In the final of the 200-meter breaststroke, King won the silver medal with a personal best time of 2:19.92

Family Life

King’s father, Mark King, is a industrial designer and her mother, Ginny King, is a teacher. Mark ran track and cross-country at Indiana State and Ginny swam for Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State.

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