Berryhill’s Lily Swisher – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Barracuda Staffing

 

Lily Swisher is a 2019 graduate of Berryhill High School, where she recently completed a fantastic track season.

“This season was my best season so far,” said Swisher. “I feel stronger mentally and physically and I am faster than the previous years. I enjoyed being in the top three places in every meet I competed in this season. I set four PR’s (personal records) this year. I qualified for state this year in four events and medalled in all four events at the 4A state meet. Our 4×100 relay team placed 4th, the 4×200 relay team placed 6th, and I placed 5th in both my 100m dash and my 200m dash.”

Swisher and her team pushed each other all season to be able to reach their goals on the track. She knows that every second counts, which is why she always aimed to beat her previous times.

“The people that are involved with my track team help motivate me to do my best,” said Swisher. “They push me to help me get better and to help themselves get better. The thought of going to state was a major motivation for me and my relay team. I love each one of them! Each meet I try and shave a few milliseconds off my time from the previous meet. That’s a big motivating factor for me.”

Track is not usually a sport that gets as much attention as others, but Swisher and her teammates were able to proudly shine a spotlight on their program this season.

“Our Berryhill community is very small so going to state with our relay teams and placing was very big for our small school,” she said. “I loved competing for Berryhill because we were not very well known, but I believe this year, we are well known to the teams around us.”

Swisher will attend Tulsa Community College and pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Still wanting to be part of the sport she loves, she also plans to go back to Berryhill during the track season next year and help with the relay and sprint teams.

“I plan to coach part-time, and that’s one of the reasons I am staying here in town to go to college,” she said. “I still plan to be involved in the track life and keep running!”