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GETTING TO KNOW
by bob schaller
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
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.
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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
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.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013
Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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