Lila Best
Free, Back, Fly

Lila Best

Free, Back, Fly

Year Senior
Height 5-8
Hometown Atlanta, Ga.
Last School Riverwood International Charter School
Club Team Stingrays Swimming
Lila Best


2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2016-17 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll


2017-18 (Junior): Competed for the Yellow Jackets in six events over the fall season … Missed the spring due to an injury … Swam for Tech in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free events, as well as in the 200 fly … Set new career-best times of 23.90 in the 50 free, 4:55.17 in the 500 free and 2:04.26 in the 200 fly on the year … Recorded the fifth-best time on the team in the 500 free (4:55.17) … Also turned in the sixth-fastest time for the Jackets in the 200 free (1:51.33) and the seventh-best time in the 200 fly ( 2:04.26) … Had the eighth-best time for Tech on the year in the 100 free (52.09) and in the ninth-fastest time in the 50 free (23.90) … Part of the third-fastest 800 free relay time (7:32.48) of the season for GT … Swam the lead off leg of the Jackets fourth-best 400 free relay time (3:25.32) on the year … Was also the second leg of the fourth-fastest 200 free relay time (1:34.49) for Tech on the season … Totaled seven top-10 individual finishes on the year … Placed fifth overall in the 200 free (1:55.06) versus Delta State … Finished in sixth-place in the 200 free (1:55.33) in the dual meet at Northwestern … Recorded a seventh-place finish in the 100 free (54.22) and the 200 free (1:54.55) in the season-opening dual meet versus Pittsburgh and also in the 200 free (1:53.46) at nationally ranked Georgia … Touched the wall in eighth-place in the 200 free (1:55.53) in the dual meet at Notre Dame … Finished 16th in the 500 free (4:55.17) and 17th in the 200 free (1:51.33) at the 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational.

2016-17 (Sophomore): Closed out her sophomore season with career-best marks of 52.00 in the 100 free and 1:51.01 in the 200 free at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet … Turned in a new career-best mark in the 500 free (5:04.66) at the GT Invitational … Recorded the third-fastest time for the Jackets on the year in the 200 free (1:51.01) and the fifth-best time in the 500 free (5:04.66) … Also posted the sixth-best time for Tech in the 100 free (52.00) and the 200 fly (2:06.09) events on the year … Ranked in the top-10 in top-times for the year in the 50 free (24.09) … Posted 12 top-10 finishes on the year, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the 200 free (1:56.05) at the tri-meet versus Cincinnati and FAU … Recorded a third-place finish in the 150 free (1:24.66) in the season-opening half-double meet versus Georgia Southern.

2015-16 (Freshman): Had a strong rookie season for the Yellow Jackets … Demonstrated her versatility by swimming in seven events on the season … Swam the third-fastest time for the Jackets on the year in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.95 at the 2016 ACC Championships … Turned in the third-fastest time for Tech in the 200 fly at the ACC Championships with a time of 2:06.03 … Competed in every freestyle event except the 1650 free throughout the season, adding depth to the Jackets’ line-up.

Before Tech: Lettered for three seasons at Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, Ga. … Competed in the 100m and 200m free … Spent one year as team captain … Won the 2015 state championship in the 200 free … Finished runner-up in the 100 free in 2015 … Also placed third at the 2013 state championship meet in the 500 free … Three-time swimming MVP at Riverwood … Three-time USA Swimming scholastic all-American from 2013-15 … Named to the all-state team in 2015 … XL212 Athlete of the Month for swimming in January 2015 … Finished her high school career with five school records … Member of the Beta Club, was on the honor roll throughout high school and served as the vice president of the Chinese Club

Personal: Full name is Lila Claire Best … Daughter of Bob and Cindy Best … Born April 28, 1997 in Warner Robins, Ga. … Father played soccer at Baylor University … Has a brother named Ansel … Enjoys photography … Majoring in business administration.


Best’s Career Top Times (through 4/1/18)
50 Free23.902017 Georgia Tech Invitational
100 Free52.00Bulldog Last Chance Meet (2/26/17)
200 Free1:51.01Bulldog Last Chance Meet (2/26/17)
500 Free4:55.172017 Georgia Tech Invitational
1000 Free10:43.56vs. Cincinnati and FAU (12/18/15)
200 Back2:08.812015 Georgia Tech Invitational
200 Fly2:04.262017 Georgia Tech Invitational