Courtesy of: SwimmingWorld.TV
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 2. ANYONE who followed the competition at the USA Swimming nationals would not argue our choice for today's Performance of the Week. While the athletes who set American and US Open records deserve to be recognized for their swims, it was a standout 16-year-old who was the main topic of conversation at the IU Natatorium.
In the first championship final of the meet, Simone Manuel made the world championship team in the 100 freestyle, placing third in a field that included Olympians and NCAA champions. Manuel saved the best for last, breaking the national age group record twice in the 50 freestyle, placing second behind Natalie Coughlin and nearly breaking the 25-second barrier.
Manuel has been hiding in the shadows of teens Missy Franklin and Lia Neal for the past couple of years, and like those two, she chose a great moment to make a breakthrough. She's now on her first major senior international team, with many good things to follow.
Congratulations Simone. You've earned our Speedo Performance of the Week.