Simone Manuel Claims 50 Free Title at Winter Nationals

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Simone Manuel came in with the top seed from prelims and that seed held up. Manuel won the 50 free in 24.39 to hold off Madison Kennedy (24.87) at the 2018 U.S. Winter National Championships.

Anna Hopkin finished third in 24.93, followed by Margo Geer (24.97), Grace Cooper (25.34), Amanda Kendall (25.37), Torri Huske (25.42) and Claire Curzan (25.53).

All of the finalists earned an Olympic trials cut, as did Linnea Mack (25.69), Kobie Melton (25.79), Evan Arsenault (25.89) and Gabby DeLoof (25.96) from the B final.

The trials cut is 25.99.

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