Continuing our spotlight of 2017 Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, we now profile Lynette Rives.
Lynette Rives rank track and field for Belmont from 2005-2009 and stands as the most decorated sprinter- male or female - in Belmont University history.
An 18-time All-Atlantic Sun performer and eight-time Atlantic Sun Conference event champion in four different disciplines, Rives qualified for the NCAA National Championship back-to-back years in the 200 meters and in 2008 was named NCAA All-American in the same event. She was also invited to the 2008 US Olympic Trials and the 2009 World Trials.
Holder of scores of Belmont program records and among the fastest times in A-Sun history in the 100 and 200 meters, Rives was named the 2008 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
The Clarksville, Tennessee native became the first Belmont sprinter to earn multiple All-South Region honors form the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont because of its great reputation in academics. I felt like this would be the best school, of my choices, to help me toward a successful career path.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Competing on the USATF stage with Olympic athletes was a surreal and awesome experience. It’s still hard to believe I was among them.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
My teammates had the biggest influence on my athletic career because they always looked to me for leadership. This motivated me to always show up to practice ready to work hard and to show up to meets ready to perform. They really pushed me to be better and I always strived to do the same for them in return.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I gained an appreciation for the performing arts. That started for me at Belmont, going to shows put on by Belmont students and it has continued to be an activity that gives me joy to this day.
What advice would you give to current members of the track and field teams?
Always strive to run faster than the time that is expected of you. That includes, and especially, in practice.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
It would have to be my Kinesiology professor, mainly because I really liked the class and the subject matter.
Where do you live now?
I live in Nashville
Who is your employer?
I work at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a research assistant in genetics studies. I am currently working on a project studying rare and undiagnosed diseases, in hopes to help patients and families living with the burden of undiagnosed diseases, and to also contribute to the understanding of how the human body works. As my role in the project, I work in the lab, processing and running tests on patient samples, analyzing data, and handling overall lab maintenance.