Marissa Neel
Marissa Neel
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
High School: San Ramon Valley HS
Position: Butterfly/Backstroke

2012-13: Placed third in 200 backstroke (1:59.68), ninth in the 100 backstroke (55.69) and 10th in the 100 butterfly (55.53) at the MPSF Championships…In her first ever collegiate meet she placed first in the 200 backstroke (2:03.37) and second in the 100 butterfly (55.52) against UCLA, Utah and Oregon State on Oct. 12…Won the 200 butterfly in competition against rival Cal Poly on Nov. 3…Won the 100 backstroke event with a time of 57.54 against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 15.

Graduated from San Ramon Valley High School…Swam under coach Heather Johnston in the North Coast Section of CIF…Was a 16-time All-American…Holds four school records and one league record…Helped her team win CIF in 2009, 2011 and 2012…Also swam for Crow Canyon Sharks under coach Dan Cottman…Made the Honor Roll in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Marissa Neel was born August 13, 1994 in Martinez, Calif. to parents Shelley and Thomas Neel…Has one older sister named Kendra…Enjoys writing…Favorite books are “My Sister’s Keeper,” “Mayday Parade” and “Speak”…Most memorable athletic achievement was participating in a swim meet in Barcelona with the United States National Youth Team in 2010…Personal hero is Olympian Missy Franklin…Favorite aspect of college swimming is the team closeness…Is a psychology major with hopes of being a dialectical behavior therapist.