Female Athlete of the Month: Lia iverson

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Lia Iverson.

By Milan Eagle media

Lia Iverson, a 2019 graduate from Milan High School, was a top ten graduate (graduated summa cum laude) and was in National Honors Society. Tri-M, head drum major of the marching band, an officer of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leader of the flute choir, and a coach for Milan Swim Club are other accomplishments for Lia.
She also was Manager fo boys swim team and awarded Academic All-State Swimming
She was born September 6, 2000 and lived in Ann Arbor for a few years. Her family moved to Milan in 2005 and she started kindergarten at Paddock Elementary School in 2006. 
Lia thinks she inherited her swimming interest from her dad, he grew up on a lake in Minnesota, and was a lifeguard for a summer camp. Lia was put in swim lessons when she was about 2 years old. She said, “I took every chance I could get to be in the water. I did gymnastics my first year at Milan but then realized my lack of coordination on land. I wanted to continue with swimming and joined Milan Swim Club in 2011 so starting my competitive swimming career.” 
In high school, her main events were the 100 breaststroke and 200 medley relay, with the occasional 200 IM. During the 2018 season, Lia was a captain, her team won their 19th straight Huron League title. She swam the 100 breast and medley relay at the state meet. 
Lia has been swimming for 8 years now and will continue to the collegiate level at Calvin University in Grand Rapids while studying kinesiology with a pre-physical therapy focus. She said, “swimming in college was something I didn’t think could be attainable for me until after my junior season. One of my lowest points in high school was my sophomore year. I was having a hard time both in and out of the water, there were lots of things going on in my life that I could not control. I confided in my team during these times. I learned one of the most important lessons that year. I remember talking to both of my coaches (Kerry Frame and Dan Heikka) at a practice late in the season, and Heikka told me that all I can control is doing the best I am capable of in the moment, and that’s all that he, my team, or anyone can ask of me, including myself. I have carried that with me since.”
Lia thinks the program as a whole is a very special group, a huge reason for our teams success is that we see the bigger picture besides the wins, losses, or best times. What’s more important is the process and effort rather than the outcome. Every single person has a critical role and we always come together to achieve the highest success we can, and we do it for each other. The support, encouragement for each other, and drive for greatness on this team is unlike anything I have seen, and we have the best leadership and guidance from our coaches. They have been a second family for me, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. It’s a bittersweet transition. I am sad to go but cannot wait to watch what the team will accomplish in the upcoming season. It’s going to be a big year.”

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