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Lilly King, Olympic hopeful swimmers train in Indiana pond

Lilly King

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 06: Lilly King prepares to compete in the Women’s 100 LC Meter Breaststroke final during day three of the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open Championships at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center on December 06, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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The world’s best breaststroker is swimming in a pond.

Lilly King, the Olympic and world champion and world-record holder in the 100m breaststroke, and other Olympic hopefuls who usually splash at the University of Indiana now train twice a week in a Bloomington subdivision pond, according to the Indianapolis Star.

“Definitely never thought I would be swimming open water,” King joked of the Olympic 10km event that debuted in 2008. “But it’s kind of been a nice little change here.”

King has been joined by fellow national teamers Cody Miller (Rio Olympic 100m breast silver medalist), Zane Grothe and Annie Lazor among, in one session, seven total swimmers, according to the report.

“Anything is better than nothing,” Miller said.

College facilities across the country closed in March during the coronavirus pandemic. King then swam at a pool in her hometown of Evansville but was kicked out, according to the Star. She, like others including Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, have also swum at residential pools.

Another former Hoosier swimmer, Vini Lanza, swam in a lagoon in his native Brazil as of early April. Lanza set up lane lines with fishing reel and Styrofoam, according to Globo.

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