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NYC's Lia Neal an Olympian after 4th-place finish

Updated: June 30, 2012, 11:26 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

"It's a pretty big title," said Neal, who is half-African ...

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