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Lia
Neal
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 February 1995
Residence
New York, NY, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Higher education
Science, Technical Studies - Stanford University: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six and joined a club at eight.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed swimming lessons and asked her mother to take her to more. "Also, my friends were taking lessons and suggested that I join them."
Club / Team
Team Elite: San Diego, CA, USA
Name of coach
David Marsh [club]; Greg Meehan [national]

General Interest

Hobbies
Making music playlists, going to restaurants, concerts and the cinema. (lianeal.com, 30 Apr 2018; usaswimming.org, 06 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Natalie Coughlin. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Jul 2012)
Injuries
In 2018 she suffered superior labral tears from anterior to posterior in both of her shoulders, and was out of action for two months. (swimswam.com, 12 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Experiencing new things is kind of what motivates me in the sport." (swimswam.com, 12 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
While studying at Stanford University in the United States of America, she received a Pac-12 All Academic Honorable Mention in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was also named a member of the 2017 Pac-12 Championship Team and the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Championship Team. (lianeal.com, 11 Dec 2018)
Other information
NEW CLUB
In 2018 she joined Team Elite in San Diego, CA, United States of America, having spent the previous five years in the swimming programme at Stanford University. "I had five amazing years at Stanford that I wouldn't trade for anything else. I gained a lot from my time being there, and the hardest part by far I think was leaving the team, because I love those girls. But I think five years is quite a long time for anyone, and in order for me to progress and like what I'm doing - especially something that I've been doing for 17 years - I need a kind of change of pace, and the opportunity to learn new things. I just needed to explore something new in my swimming." (swimswam.com, 12 Oct 2018)