College Swimmer Lily Ernst Dies Unexpectedly
The 4.0 student who represented University of Northern Iowa passed away on Wednesday.
The UNI community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Panther swimmer Lily Ernst. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends, family, teammates and those who knew her.https://t.co/2tyqeyd4ps pic.twitter.com/S0BBiSyOZp
— UNI Athletics (@UNIAthletics) July 28, 2022
Lily Ernst was not only a competitive swimmer, she also made it to the Dean’s list every semester and was known for her volunteer work.
The Iowa swimming community suffered a big loss Wednesday with the passing of UNI swimmer and Iowa City West grad Lily Ernst. https://t.co/5jwVMB6Aez
— Press-Citizen Sports (@ICPCsports) July 28, 2022
As a freshman at UNI, Ernst earned 1st-team all-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) honors with a 2nd-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly.
"This loss is heartbreaking for our swimming and diving team, our athletic department and the entire UNI campus…" said UNI Director of Athletics David Harris in a partial quote about UNI swimmer Lily Ernst. https://t.co/VuBko9iWn5
— KWWL (@KWWL) July 28, 2022
At Iowa City West, Ernst qualfied for the state meet in multiple events all four years of high school.
🚨 NEW SCHOOL RECORD🚨
— UNI Swim & Dive (@uniswimdive) February 20, 2022
Congratulations to Lily Ernst for getting 1st in the 200 IM with a 2:11.29! Awesome swim! pic.twitter.com/B18Fb1S58f
— ICW/NL Swimming (@SwimICWest) October 21, 2017
RIP Lily Ernst (2001-2022)
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