A transferee from Chabot College and graduate of Alameda High school, Neal’s impressive swim record is outlined below:
4 year Letter winner from AHS
Alameda HS Sportsmanship award recipient
State champion in five different events
“I get up at 5 a.m., swim from 5:30 to 7:15 a.m., weight lift about two to three days a week and coach in the afternoons,” said Hamilton, who said his speed has picked up since beginning his training. Hamilton also found the drive to earn his college degree. He earned his degree in kinesiology from St. Mary’s University in January after a year and a half at the school.
“He overcame some obstacles and is a better person for it,” said Heath. “I’m glad he’s giving it one more try because I know if he didn’t try it, he would regret it.”
With his degree in hand, Hamilton’s focus now is on earning a spot on the Olympic team. His first challenge is the Santa Clara Grand Prix on May 30 and with a good time he will compete in the U. S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. in July.
“I’m going to give it my all,” said Hamilton. “It would be a dream come true.”