Indiana University swimmers are representing the school very well in Rio right now.
Last night, Cody Miller won the bronze medal last night in the men’s 100 breaststroke. During this swim, he set an American record in the event, with a time of 58.87 seconds. It’s the first medal for an IU athlete since Derek Drouin won a bronze in the high jump for team Canada in 2012, and Margaux Farrell won a bronze for France in the freestyle relay the same year.
Miller studies at SPEA, and occasionally dresses up as a lobster:
Tonight, another IU athlete - rising sophomore Lilly King - has the chance to do add to Indiana’s medal total, when she competes in the women’s 100m breaststroke final.
King, an Evansville native, already has a decorated career in just one season in Bloomington. She holds the American record in the 100-yard breaststroke, which she set last year by winning the NCAA title in the event. And if that wasn’t enough, she also won the NCAA 200-yard breaststroke title, and was named Swimmer of the Year. Later on, she destroyed the competition at the U.S. Olympic trials, again coming in first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Now in Rio, King has continued to dominate the 100 breaststroke. In her qualifying heat, she had the fastest time at 1:05.78. In the semifinal heat, she again had the fastest time of all swimmers, clocking in at 1:05.70.
And like any good Olympic event, there’s plenty of drama outside the pool too. King’s main competition in the event is Russian Yulia Efimova, who has twice failed drug tests, but is controversially still at the games this year.
Lilly King don’t care though.
Here she is, doing the Mutombo finger-wag to Efimova after her semifinal heat:
And here she is, directly addressing Efimova’s failed drug tests in a post-race interview:
OH SNAP! Lilly King explains the finger waving towards Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova. pic.twitter.com/aLrkhSkNuG— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) August 8, 2016
Oh yeah, one more thing. King gave away her Olympic trial medals because she was so confident there would be more to come, as Zach Osterman describes here:
When Lilly King won the 100 breaststroke in Omaha, she did something unusual — she gave her medal away.
“We were going down the line for the 100,” King said, “and there was this cute little girl at the end, I was like, ‘Here, take it.’ She was really excited.”
When King won the 200, she did the same thing.
So much swag. That’s the equivalent of Tom Crean giving his B1G title trophies to his brother-in-law - “Hey Jim, don’t think you’ve won one of these yet, have you?” - because he was so confident in getting a national title trophy down the line.
Lilly King competes for the gold tonight at 9:54pm Eastern. Coverage is on NBC.