OMAHA, Neb. — Lia Neal showed that Olympic swimmers don’t necessarily have to come from California, Florida or any other warm-weather state.
She became the pride of New York City on Saturday night at the trials when she came in fourth in the 100-meter freestyle finals. Her finish gave her a spot on the 400 freestyle relay team. The 17-year-old Neal also became the second African-American woman to make a U.S. Olympic swim team.