Full name: Alexandra Lynn "Sandy" Neilson (-Bell)
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: United States
Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)
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.
|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|
|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|
|1972 Summer||16||München||Swimming||United States||USA||Final||1||WR||3:55.19||58.98||58.98|