Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 10.
First Colony’s Simone Manuel crushed the final field of the splash-and-dash with a winning time of 24.56. That time pushed her to ninth in the world, and demolished the 17-18 U.S. National Age Group record of 24.80 set by Abbey Weitzeil during a time trial earlier this week. Manuel also had a previous lifetime best of 24.80 as she smashed through that time as well.
Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin put up a sterling time of 24.72 for second, just off her 11th ranked season best of 24.62 from this morning. But, her time tonight was good enough to secure a spot on the Pan Pacific Championships roster.
Manuel’s teammate Madeline Locus took third in 24:81 with SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy placing fourth in 24.83. Weitzeil wound up fifth in 24.91.
California’s Natalie Coughlin missed out on her fifth Pan Pacific Championships squad. She previously made the team in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2010, and was looking to tie Lea Maurer (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997) for five times on the roster. Maurer managed her record when the meet was held every two years.
Tucson Ford’s Margo Geer (25.06) and Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer (25.07) finished seventh and eighth.
SwimMAC’s Katie Meili touched out Tennessee’s Faith Johnson, 25.30 to 25.33, in the B final. Fresno’s Cheyenne Coffman placed third in 25.48.
Mission Viejo’s Katie McLaughlin clipped Y-Sparta’s Katrina Konopka, 25.56 to 25.66, in the C final of the sprint free. Bethany Galat, fresh off a 200 IM C final win, took third in 25.73.