When looking through Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list for 2014, which recognizes people under the age of 30 who excel in their respective fields, you won’t find many swimmers.
Michael Phelps, who is still the most influential person in the sport, didn’t make the 30 under 30 for athletes. Neither did the Olympic ‘it’ girl Missy Franklin, nor even reality TV star Ryan Lochte.
In fact, the one swimmer we found on the 30 under 30 list wasn’t even on the athletes list.
The one we found was on the technology list.
Lisa Falzone, a former Stanford swimmer, made Forbes’ list of technological hotshots under the age of 30, always one of the most competitive groups given the number of young tech-gurus floating around these days. She is listed alongside names like Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg.
Falzone was recognized for helping create an iPad point of sale system that has been adopted by big players in the fast-food world, including Little Caesars and Popeyes. As compared to old-fashioned point-of-sale systems, Falzone’s app can be run on a relatively-inexpensive iPad, with features that would be comparatively thousands, of dollars.
The 28-year old Falzone was a Pac-10 scorer in all three of her seasons on the Farm, including during their 2004 and 2005 Pac-10 Championship seasons. She was a 23.6/51.0/1:50.1 sprint freestyler for the Cardinal, as well as a 56.9/2:02.9 backstroker.