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INSTANT RECAP: Lilly King wins in farewell, IU finishes 9th overall at NCAA championships



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The IU women's swimming and diving team competes on March 22 in the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The meet takes place March 20-23. Matt Cohen Buy Photos

AUSTIN, Texas -- Welcome to the live updates page for the final night of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The IDS is in on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin for the final night in the careers of seniors Lilly King and Jessica Parratto.

NIGHT FOUR

IU came up short of its ultimate goal at these NCAA championships, but still made program history.

On the final night of college careers of King and Parratto, IU finished ninth overall in the team standings. This is the fourth straight top 10 finish for the IU women, something the program has never done before.


IU is looking to post its best finish in team history, sixth. Coming into the final night, that may not be the most likely of outcomes, but it still remains a possibility. IU needs to be perfect.

The Hoosiers have three swimmers qualified for the final of the 200-yard breaststroke. That includes two swimmers in the championship final, King and freshman Noelle Peplowski.

IU will also have Parratto compete tongiht in her best event, the platform dive. To get up to sixth place, IU very well may need Parratto to place in the top two, if not win the event. She's won the NCAA title in the platform before, claiming it in 2015.

Follow below for updates from Texas.

200-Yard Breaststroke

Lilly King's college career has come to a close. She's now eight-for-eight in her college career, sweeping the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. She is the first woman to ever win eight breaststroke titles.

King won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:02.90 seconds. King is an All-American yet again.

Peplowski nearly moved all the way up to third in the midst of a tight field in the final 50 yards, but wound up finishing sixth. Peplowski received her first All-American honors.

Laura Morley was sixth in the B final, and 14th overall. She was named an Honorable Mention All-American.

IU is in seventh place overall heading into diving.

Platform Diving

Jessica Parratto finishes in the top three of the platform dive at the NCAA championships for the thrid time, as she comes in third overall. That will do it for IU at the NCAA championships, its final overall standing relies on the relay.

1,650-Yard Freestyle

Junior Cassy Jernberg scored for IU in the 1,650-yard freestyle, ultimately finishing in 12th place. She feel from seventh to 12th after the final heat of the event. Jernberg was named an Honorable Mention All-American. This is her third straight year scoring in the event.

Freshman Christin Rockway's fantastic swim in the first heat resulted in a 20th place overall finish and freshman Maggie Wallace would finish 24th overall.

IU remained 10th in the team standings after the event.


NIGHT THREE

IU Coach Ray Looze said that his team left points in the pool. The Hoosiers came with the goal of putting up its best finish in team history, but they might be in danger of not hitting that mark.

The team was not clicking on all cylinders according to Looze throughout the first three nights.

That doesn't apply to Lilly King.

King touched the wall halfway through the 100-yard breastroke at about 25 seconds, far below record pace. Looze knew she had the record.

She did.

King finished with a time of 55.73, beating her own American record which she set in Bloomington a month before.

After the third night, IU is in 10th place overall.


Tonight, King will swim the 100-yard breaststroke, her best event, for the final time as a college swimmer. King has a chance to break her American record time of 55.88 seconds in the event, a record she set during February in Bloomington. King will be the top seed in the A final of the event tonight, swimming a 57.55 second time in preliminaries this morning.

IU will have four individuals in finals tonight including King. Senior Bailey Andison will be in the A final of the 400-yard individual medley. IU will also be in the A final for the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Christie Jensen will be in the consolation final of the 100-butterfly and freshman Mackenzie Looze will be in the consolation final of the 400-yard individual medley.

IU comes into the night in 11th place in the team standings.

400-Yard Individual Medley

IU moved up to 10th place in the overall standings with 71.0 points after two swimmers competed in finals.

Andison, the 2018-19 Big Ten champion in the event, was in lane seven and got off to a fast start as she stayed near the front of the pack during the freestyle leg. Andison wasn't able to stay in medal contention, however, as the favorites began to pull away. During the Big Ten championships, Andison blew past Northwestern's Calypso Sheridan over the final half of the race. That didn't happen tonight as Sheridan ultimately finished fourth. Andison finished sixth with a time of 4:03.87. Andison was named an All-American, the eigth of her career. The sixth place finish is the highest for any IU swimmer in seven years.

Looze did the opposite in the consolation final. The freshman started slow, but closed very strong over the final 200 yards to move up from seventh to fifth place. Looze finished with a time of 4:07.96 seconds. Looze made up most the ground over the final 50 yards of the breaststroke and into the freestyle portion of the race.

100-Yard Butterfly

Jensen was the only swimmer that IU had in the finals in the 100-yard butterfly. She was in the consolation final of the event. Jensen finsihed eighth in the consolation final and 16th overall with a time of 52.20. This is Jensen's career best finish in the event.

Jensen was named an Honorable Mention All-American, the fourth such honor of her career.

IU is now back in 11th place overall with a score of 72.0.

Louise Hansson of the University of Southern California posted the fastest time in history as she won the NCAA title.

100-Yard Breaststroke

It was a subdued celebration for Lilly King. A far from forceful slap of the water when she saw her time up on the baord, a smile on her face.

Lilly King broke the American record again. After becoming the first ever woman to swim under 55 secodns during the Big Ten championship in February, King broke 55 seconds agaon, this time putting up a time of 55.73.

This marked the seventh national title for King, the most breakstroke titles for any female swimmer ever. King was also named an All-American.

After King's swim, IU moved up to 10th in the team standings.

200-Yard Medley Relay

IU came into the championship heat of the 200-yard medley relay as the seventh seed, a seed the Hoosiers would out perform, by a big margin.

It was none other than Lilly King that pushed IU out to first place. She swam the breaststroke leg in a blazing 25.62 seconds. After King's leg IU slowly started to fall back to the field. The Hoosiers have never had a strong spring freestyle group this season, and that's what cost them a medal tonight.

IU's time was actually not its fastest of the season, but it was good enough to push IU further up in the team standings as the Hoosiers jumped to 10th place overall.

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