Lierman sets example for teammates

At the young age of eight years old, junior Mikwena Lierman started swimming in the Fairbury Wavebreakers summer league. This was just the beginning of her record-breaking swim career. 

Lierman started the league when her older sister Mikasa joined in order to stay active during the summer and enjoyed it so her parents signed her and her younger sister Mikya up the next year. She enjoyed swimming so much, she started doing it in the winter as well. 

“I started in a Winter Beatrice league in sixth grade,” Lierman ‘21 said.

Lierman swims in multiple events. For BNFF (Beatrice, Norris, Fairbury and Freeman) she now holds two school records in the 100 butterfly and the 50 free. The 50 free is also her favorite event, and her time in the 50 free instantly qualified her for the 2020 state competition.

“It’s the shortest event so it’s the easiest, and it is my best event by far,” Lierman ‘21 said.

While it’s no secret that Lierman is extremely skilled in the water, the ability doesn’t come without hard work and determination. She puts in countless hours of practice, required and non-required. 

“I practice everyday after school in Beatrice,” Lierman ‘21 said. “On days we have off such as snow days I will go do a small workout at the Wellness Center.”

Lierman’s hard work doesn’t just apply to her as her teammates notice the time and effort she puts into each practice. 

“During practices she’s constantly pushing herself to make the intervals during our sets,” junior Josi Mans said. “Her self motivation is contagious on the team.  She’s definitely someone to look up to at practices.”

Lierman swimming the breaststroke 200 IM. She placed first for the event with a time of 2:01.32.