Simone Manuel Adds Another U.S. Open And Meet Record In 50 Free

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Just as she did the 100 free, Simone Manuel sprinted her way to a new U.S. Open and championship record in the 50 free to close her meet in Irvine. Manuel put up a time of 24.10 to break Cate Campbell’s 2008 U.S. Open record of 24.13, which also broke the championship record of 24.25 set by Dara Torres in 2008. That was just .13 off of Manuel’s American record of 23.97 from last summer.

In second was Abbey Weitzeil in 24.63. That is the fastest Weitzeil has been since 2016 when she recorded her best time of 24.28. Margo Geer, who finished third earlier in the meet in the 100 free, finished third here in 24.79. That is just a tick off her best time of 24.72 from the TYR Pro Series meet in Indianapolis earlier this year.

Fourth went to Grace Ariola (24.83), while Madison Kennedy was also under 25-seconds with a 24.92. Lia Neal was sixth in 25.00, while Kelsi Dahlia (25.01) and Gretchen Walsh (25.03) rounded out the top 8.

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