Lia was a 12-time High School All-American from Fort Wayne, Indiana and a four year All -American from SMU, graduating in 1999. She was a 4-time NCAA Champion. She was a WAC record-holder in the 200 fly, 100 back and 200 back and a member of the 1997 & 1999 USA Pan Pacific teams. She was a silver and bronze medalist at the 1997 World Championships. She was a 2-time former American Record Holder and a 3-time Masters World Record Holder.