Simone Manuel Breaks American Record in 100 Free at NASA Junior National Championship Cup

CLEARWATER, Florida, March 29. SIMONE Manuel got after it pretty early this morning as she took down the American record in the 100-yard freestyle at the NASA Junior National Championship Cup in Clearwater, Fla.

Manuel, just 17, clocked a 46.83 in prelims. That performance clipped Natalie Coughlin’s 2011 record of 46.84 set in Athens, Ga. Incidentally, the time also cleared Manuel’s 17-18 U.S. National Age Group record of 47.09 set earlier this year.

Manuel went out in 22.54 and came back in 24.29 to set the record. The First Colony Swim Team product, and future Stanford Cardinal, could take the record even lower this evening during finals.

Manuel has had a strong meet here in Clearwater, having won the 50 fly (24.35) and 100 back (53.34) already.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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