Lia Neal Bio

Date of Birth: February 13, 1995

Sport: Swimming

Height: 5-10

DOB: 2/13/1995

Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, by her parents Rome and Siu Neal, who are of African-American and Chinese-American descent. She has three older brothers
  • Lia is fluent in English and Cantonese. Knows conversational Mandarin

Career Highlights Include:

  • 2012 Olympic Games: Bronze in 4x100m Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:34.24

  • Was the first woman of Black descent to swim an Olympic final for the US

  • 2016 Olympic Games: Silver in 4x100m Freestyle Relay

  • Member of the 2017 NCAA championship team

  • Member of the 2017 Pac-12 championship team

  • Three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention (2015, 2016, 2017) 

  • All-America (19), National Championships (6)

  • Finished career with five school records

    • 200 free relay (1:25.91)

    • 400 free (3:07.61)

    • 800 free (6:45.91)

    • 200 medley relay (1:34.15)

    • 400 medley relay (3:26.14)

  • Finished career ranked second all-time at Stanford in the 50 free (21.65)

  • Finished career ranked second all-time at Stanford in the 100 free (46.76)

  • Finished career ranked third all-time at Stanford in the 200 free (1:42.50)

  • Finished career with Stanford pool records in 200 free relay (1:29.83) and 400 free relay (3:15.05)

  • CSCAA Scholar All-America (2015)

  • 2011 World Junior Championships: Gold in 100m Freestyle, Silver in 50m Freestyle.

  • 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships: Gold in 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Gold in 800m Freestyle Relay, Gold in 400m Medley Relay, Silver in 100m Freestyle, and Bronze in 50m Freestyle.
  • 2008 Olympic Trials participant having qualified by breaking the 11-12 age-group record in the 100m Freestyle.

Swimming History

  • Started swimming at 6 years old.
  • Joined AGUA (Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics) at 8 years old.
  • Swim for the Future Scholarship recipient.
  • First AGUA team member to make the Olympic team and earn an Olympic medal.

Interesting Facts

  • Favorite bands include Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club.
  • Enjoys making music playlists for competition, practices, and her teammates.