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ronald martInez/Getty ImaGes GETTING TO KNOW Lia by bob schaller NEAL Check out this video feature about Lia Neal from the New York Post! You have committed to Stanford, so you must enjoy school, right? What is something you took away from the Olympics? What does being a good teammate mean to you? I really do like learning. Right now, I am enjoying math, specifically calculus. I also enjoy physics, too, because it is so interesting and you understand how things in the world fit and work together. I like English for the kind of class discussions. I also really like the deep discussions we have in philosophy class. I think the major thing I took away from the Olympics is that it is really just like another meet. It’s blown up to be something so extreme and intense, but you really are just swimming against people you have swum against before. When it comes down to it, it’s the same race I’ve done so many times. For example, in the 100, it’s just two laps as fast as you can go. Being a good teammate means being someone who not only pushes themselves but also pushes other people to achieve their potential. You have to be someone very supportive of your teammates. You don’t want to walk into practice with a frown on your face, even when you don’t want to be there. You have to look at things in a positive light and make the best of that. Does swimming relate well to the challenges in school? I definitely think swimming and academics go hand-in-hand. Each one has helped me with the other. I can’t imagine life without both. Academics has to be a given, but I can’t imagine life without swimming, either. Your Olympic teammates say you inspired them. Did they inspire you as well? Oh yes, I definitely was inspired just watching them. I swam the first day, so I was able to watch after that and just get more motivated. I really wanted to swim again. I was definitely looking forward to learning and then working on the things I needed to work on to improve. Even just seeing recaps from the Olympics, and snippets of the races, gets me motivated again to see what I can do, and see how far I can push myself for the next years. 48 SPLASH • March/April 2013 When did you start swimming? I started swimming, taking lessons, when I was 6. I joined a swim team when I was 8. Did you train other strokes? I trained other strokes, though definitely not as much as I train freestyle. I want to see what I can do in the 100 fly, so I might start practicing that more. How do you explain to your friends what it’s like to be a swimmer? I don’t think it takes much explain because swimmers are pretty easy to spot. My two friends and I are on the same swim team, and we are in several of the same classes. When we have morning practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have wet hair and look exhausted. My friends know where to find me in my free period – I am taking a nap. Did you win all your races right away? No! There’s this video of me swimming the 100 IM, as a race, while I was still taking lessons and learning how to swim. I was leading into the 100 fly, and after that I completely tired out and came in last. Did you play other sports? I did ballet, but that was the only other physical thing I have ever done. Do you have any travel tips for swimmers who just starting to do “away” meets? I don’t think you change your diet drastically when you go to a meet. If you are going to do one thing, take in more carbs so you have more energy. As far as preparing for traveling, take some music and something to read. Make it fun. But on a practical level, make sure you always stay hydrated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4B6ZAUbXg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CElaIqlAWMA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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