Olympic medalist, Lilly King, honored at Statehouse by local legislators

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, January 24, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24, 2017) – State lawmakers honored local Olympic gold medalist, Lilly King, with a House resolution today at the Statehouse.

State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) authored the measure and it was co-authored by State Reps. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) recognizing King for competing in the 100 meter breaststroke, setting a new Olympic record, and the 4 x 100 meter relay in the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won gold medals in each competition.

“Lilly is not only an exceptional athlete, but a great example of Hoosier commitment and dedication,” McNamara said. “Indiana had a remarkable representation during the Olympics, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Lilly will accomplish next.”

King, a lifelong resident of Evansville, currently attends Indiana University where she competes for the Hoosiers’ swimming and diving team. She acquired a number of awards and accolades during her freshman year at IU, including the NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke, the Big Ten Swimmer of the year and earned four All-American honors.

“It’s not too often we get to recognize a member of our community for going to the Olympics,” Bacon said. “Lilly showed the world not only what the United States is made of, but what Indiana and Evansville are made of when she broke the Olympic record in the 100 meter breaststroke and brought home the gold medal.”

During her freshman year, King competed in the NCAA finals and was crowned the NCAA champion in the 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter breaststroke.

“Lilly swam on a travel team with my daughter and we couldn’t be happier for her and her success,” Sullivan said. “She has uncompromising standards and has been a real positive role model for young women everywhere. We are so proud of her.”

King was named the 2016 NCAA female swimmer of the year and received the USA swimming’s Golden Goggle Award for Breakout Performer of the Year.

“The full use of a God-given talent is a beautiful and inspirational thing to behold, be it in the pool as with Ms. King, or on a manufacturing line,” Washburne said. “She’s an amazing athlete and I hope her hard work and dedication to her sport can serve as motivation to others.”

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking
here.

 

State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

 

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,

which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

 

A high-resolution photo of Sullivan can be downloaded by clicking here.

Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) represents Gibson, portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.

A high-resolution photo of Washburne can be downloaded by clicking here