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Sandy Neilson

Full name: Alexandra Lynn "Sandy" Neilson (-Bell)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: March 20, 1956 in Burbank, California, United States
Affiliations: El Monte Aquatic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Although she finished only third in the U.S. Final Trials and third in the Olympic semifinal, 16-year-old Sandy Neilson was a surprise winner of the 100m freestyle at the München Olympics. She also won a gold medal in both relays, the U.S. posting a new world record in each. Neilson, from El Monte, California, won her only AAU title in 1971 when she won the 100y indoor championship. She also won the Pan-American Games 100m freestyle in the same year. She later attended U Cal Santa Barbara, where she won the 1977 AIAW 50 and 100 yd freestyle championships. In 1986 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Neilson married Keith Bell, PhD, a sports psychologist and the two settled in Austin, Texas, where they founded the American Swimming Association. She coaches local swim teams and masters swimmers at various local pools in the Austin area.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming United States Final 1 OR 58.59
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 59.41
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 59.51

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:55.19 58.98 58.98

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 16 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:20.75 57.90 4:20.74