It’s starting to set in for Lia Neal

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I hope she’ll focus in the future on the 50 free and the 100 free rather than the 200 free. When she will take more strength she will be faster in the first part of her 100 free and then her finish will make the difference. And to be on the relay will bring her a big experience. She’s definitely the best american hope on sprint. And american sprint needs desesperately new talents.

I disagree with her potential as the best American sprinter. She went 25.3 as a 13-14 yr old, and as a 17-yr-old, her best time is still 25.3. She is a world class athlete (and person), but I’m not convinced she is going to get much better.

College strength training may help her improve…

She is a lot thicker than a Dana Vollmer or Missy Franklin. I am not sure if you would want to add more bulk, which is why I don’t see her getting much faster.

The best american hope in women sprint is Missy Franklin, if she focuses on 100-200 free.

I’m sure she’ll swim around 53.50 very quickly.

I know we’re in Olympic season but does anyone have the skinny on Lia Neal’s college preferences? I would like to see Missy and Lia go to the same place (FL, GA, AUB, USC), not CAL, so there can be a some kinda rivalry–who wants to watch CAL crush everybody for the next few years–(besides Bear fans)?

It will be big. Missy’s going to suck in a lot of attention this year, but when you look around the class…it’s LOADED coming out of the Olympic year.

cynthia curran

Cal needs a breastroker. Catilyn is the only good one that can swim under a 1:00 in the 100 yard, Kong, Bates and Mims are too slow. Cal nees breastroker after next year.

They have Kelly Naze coming in.

Good point. And Kelly also has some speed.

I’m not sure if shes as good at the 200 as the 100, havent seen her times in 200, but yes she does. That’ll be good for them


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