Achievements: Lia broke three national age-group records as a 10-year-old, and at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Guam she set the U.S. mark for 13-year-olds in the 50-meter freestyle (25.82). Her time of 56.87 in the 100 free in January '08 broke the U-12 U.S. record--one that had stood for 23 years--by 1.30 seconds.
Next step: At the world championship trials in Indianapolis this week, Lia will try to qualify in the 50 and 100 free, the same races she swam at last year's Olympic trials. A freshman at Covenant butterfly to increase her chances of qualifying for the 2012 Games.
Text: Sarah Kwak/SI
Photo: Al Tielemans/SI