Brooklyn’s best Lia Neal led-off the American 400 free relay on Saturday morning in London in a 54.15, which ties the mark swum by Colorado’s coolest Missy Franklin as the 17-18 American National Age Group Record.
The American relay would go on to take the 2nd seed overall, with Neal having to feel comfortable about her chances at earning another swim in the evening.
|Lia Neal Olympics||26.32||54.15|
|Missy Franklin Trials||26.52||54.15|
Of course, this is one of the odd situations where a swimmer (Franklin) was so good so young that her 15-16 National Record of 53.63 from last year’s National Championships is actually better than this record. The expectation is that Franklin will break this record again in the individual event.
Neal trains in Brooklyn, New York at Asphalt Green Aquatics under Rachel Stratton-Mills.