Now that we know a little more about the mysterious new girl Shana (Aeriel Miranda), who will appear in Pretty Little Liars as a recurring character in the Season 3 winter season, we have even more questions. Namely, how does Shana know Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, who is set to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode?

We can think of a few possible explanations.

Shana has a swimming background. One of the biggest clues about Shana is that she knows Paige (Lindsey Shaw). Since we know that Shana will introduce Emily (Shay Mitchell) to Missy in an upcoming episode, we would guess that Shana knows both Paige and Missy through the one thing they all have in common: swimming.

She has major plans for Emily. We’ve already met one stalker on PLL, in the form of Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) stalker Lyndon. We could see a situation in which Shana wants to get close to Emily for some suspicious reason, so she “bumps into” Missy Franklin at the airport in order to develop a relationship with her. Then, she has an automatic in with Emily.

It’s all perfectly innocent. We haven’t questioned how a superstar like Adam Lambert wound up singing at the Rosewood Halloween party, and maybe it’s best not to question how a major Olympic athlete like Missy Franklin winds up in Rosewood. Shana could really have just met her coincidentally, struck up a friendship, leading to the meeting with Emily.

What do you think about their mystery connection? Share your own theories and thoughts in the comments!

Catch the return of PLL Season 3 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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