Simone Manuel “Getting Used to No-Breather Long Course 50”

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Simone Manuel, an already accomplished sprinter, is working on improving with doing no-breathers in the 50 free as well as shortening her stroke at the Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara.

Original 50 free report:

Stanford’s Simone Manuel nearly moved into the top 10 in the world with a win in the women’s 50-meter free at the Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara.

Manuel raced her way to a 24.75 to move to 11th in the world.  That’s her third-fastest time ever, behind a lifetime best 24.56 from last summer’s nationals.

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk nearly chased her down with a second-place time of 24.79.  She’s been faster this year with an eighth-ranked season best of 24.57 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup.

California’s Natalie Coughlin, the veteran of the bunch at 32 years old, nearly popped another lifetime best here in Santa Clara with a third-place 24.97.  That’s just off her 24.90 from the 2013 Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.

SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy touched fourth in 25.13 with California’s Farida Osman turning in a fifth-place 25.20.

Tucson Ford’s Margo Geer (25.21), Etiene Medeiros (25.21), Lia Neal (25.35) and Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin (25.52) also competed for the title.