It’s starting to set in for Lia Neal

  14 Garrett McCaffrey | July 01st, 2012 | Featured, U.S. Olympic Trials

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bobo gigi
4 years 24 days ago

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.

Lea
4 years 24 days ago

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.

ZYNG43
4 years 24 days ago

College strength training may help her improve…

Lea
4 years 24 days ago

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.

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

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

bobo gigi
4 years 24 days ago

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

FREEBEE
4 years 24 days ago

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)?

4 years 24 days ago

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
4 years 24 days ago

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.

ZYNG43
4 years 24 days ago

They have Kelly Naze coming in.

Lea
4 years 24 days ago

Good point. And Kelly also has some speed.

DavG
4 years 24 days ago

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

bobo gigi
4 years 24 days ago

I’m not a specialist of NCAA but I think Missy will go to Cal or to Georgia. There are many friends of her there. The weather? The coach? If she wants to improve a lot her underwaters, yes Cal would be better. Imagine for her one year with Cindy Tran, Rachel Bootsma, Elizabeth Pelton and Natalie Coughlin who all have great underwaters and under the coach Terry McKeever. Missy would be a monster. And if she wants to improve her freestyle yes Georgia would be better. We’ll see. Will it not be dangerous to quit her great coach Todd Schmitz? And will she stay the same if she doesn’t train at altitude anymore like she does in Colorado?
Auburn would be the good place for Lia Neal. It’s a sprint industry with a great coach.

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

If Missy wants the best of both worlds (ie. academic + swimming), she should pick CAL.
Stanford would have been best, but their swimming track in LCM in the past few years is not very good.

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