MN Daily Salute: Black Female Athletes
Lia Neal is an American competitive swimmer who made her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and left with a bronze medal in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay. The 17-year-old New Yorker qualified for the U.S. Olympic team by finishing fourth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 54.33 seconds during trials in Omaha, NE. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Neal won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay with Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Allison Schmitt. As the third leg, Neal had a split time of 53.65 seconds, and the U.S. team finished with a total time of 3:34.24, which set an American record.