Light up ‘Lilly’ on Reitz Hill


The Olympics in Rio are underway and Evansville’s own Lilly King is close to realizing a life-long dream, going for glory in two of her favorite events.

Lilly won’t do it alone, because a small group westsiders works in the humid Evansville heat to give their favorite swimmer a sign of support.

This is what dreams are made of. Toiling on the side of Reitz Hill, nailing hundreds of buckets to the ground, filling them with sand, and lighting a small candle in each one.

It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s one that will surely reach 5,000 miles south, where Lilly prepares for her 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke next week.

Her coach at Reitz, Dave Baumeyer expects big things.

“I think she’s going to win the 100 and I think she’s going to set the world record.”

With the iconic Reitz “R” lit up for Lilly, and a little extra paint for encouragement. You can bet the entire Tri-State is rooting for this hometown hero.

King will swim the 100 meter heat and semi-final on Sunday with a final on Monday, and the 200 meter heat and semi-final on Wednesday with a final on Thursday.

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