Lilly King added another world record to her resume with a little help on Wednesday.
Chosen to compete in the mixed 4×100 individual medley relay team — a relatively new event but one that will be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — King joined Matt Grevers, Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel in setting a world record of 3:38.56 at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
It’s just the second time the event has been contested at the world championships.
“Before it was just like, ‘OK, it’s just a World Championships event. It’s not an Olympic event, so it’s not that big of a deal,’” King told usaswimming.org. “But now it is (an Olympic event), so we’ve really been putting a lot more thought into it. It’s more than just who has the fastest swimmers. It’s who has the best strategy. There are many more factors that go into it.”
King wasn’t part of the morning qualifying heats with the breaststroke leg being swam by Kevin Cordes. In fact, the entire quartet was different with Ryan Murphy (backstroke), Kelsi Worrell (butterfly) and Mallory Cromerford (freestyle).
Thqt group also set a world record of 3:40.28. Then King and Co. went out in the evening session and rewrote the record book.
King was the only female breaststroke swimmer in the race.
“It’s pretty cool that we could have had two separate relays and gone 1-2,” said Grevers. “That just shows the awesome depth of the USA. We went two world records today with eight different people. I don’t know how often that happens.”
In the finals, Grevers got the USA out to the lead with a 52.13 backstroke and King kept them on pace with her 1:04.15 breaststroke effort (just two-hundredths of a second off her world record time she posted in the 100 breastsroke). Dressel in the butterfly (49.92) and Manuel in the freestyle (52.17) then brought the gold home.
King will resume her breaststroke rivalry on Thursday with Russian Yulia Effimova when the 200-meter prelims and semifinals are contested. In the morning qualifying, King and Efimova are both listed in Heat 4, so if that isn’t changed it will be interesting to watch the mind games that take place in the overnight hours.
That race will be on the schedule at about 3:30 a.m. Central. The semifinals are schedule for approximately 1:40 p.m. CT.
The finals are scheduled at 2:05 p.m. CT Friday.
Meanwhile, the women’s 50-meter breaststroke qualifying begins around 2:30 a.m. CT Saturday with the semifinals slated for 1:56 p.m. Saturday. The 50 breast finals are scheduled for 12:32 p.m. Sunday.