Simone Manuel Obliterates 100 Free Records With First Swim Under 46

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Simone Manuel obliterated all of the records in the 100 free, proving why she is the Olympic champion in the event, initiating a “boom-shocka-locka” from PA Announcer Sam Kendricks. Manuel, out in 21.9, won the event she last won in 2015 her freshman year in a 45.56, way under her 46.09 from two years ago. Manuel became the first swimmer to swim under 46 in the event. Georgia senior Olivia Smoliga finished second in the event and is now the third fastest performer in history with a 46.30. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford moved to fourth all time in the event with a 46.35. Stanford senior Lia Neal was fourth with a 46.76, moving her to seventh all time in the event.

Cal’s Farida Osman, Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello, Georgia’s Chantal Van Landeghem and Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil also swam in the final. Georgia pulled within 4.5 points of fourth place Texas.

Stanford now has nine wins in the 100 free, breaking the tie with Georgia. Manuel joins herself (15), Claudia Franco (96), Jenny Thompson (92-95) and Jenna Johnson (86, 87) as winners for the Cardinal in the event.

 Event 17  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 46.09  3/21/2015 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         Meet: C 46.09  3/21/2015 Simone Manuel, Stanford
     American: A 46.09  3/21/2015 Simone Manuel, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 46.09  3/21/2015 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         Pool: P 47.17            Margo Geer, Arizona
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Simone Manuel    SO Stanford            46.30      45.56N  199   20  
    r:+0.65  21.90        45.56 (23.66)
  2 Olivia Smoliga   SR Georgia             46.87      46.30P  191   17  
    r:+0.70  22.24        46.30 (24.06)
  3 Mallory Comerfo  SO Louisville          46.89      46.35P  190   16  
    r:+0.63  22.41        46.35 (23.94)
  4 Lia Neal         SR Stanford            47.22      46.76P  186   15  
    r:+0.66  22.56        46.76 (24.20)
  5 Farida Osman     SR California          47.18      47.07P  182   14  
    r:+0.67  22.56        47.07 (24.51)
  6 Chantal Van Lan  SR Georgia             47.37      47.54   177   12.5
    r:+0.73  22.85        47.54 (24.69)
  6 Beryl Gastaldel  JR TAMU                47.34      47.54   177   12.5
    r:+0.63  22.94        47.54 (24.60)
  8 Abbey Weitzeil   FR California          47.28      47.79   174   11  
    r:+0.62  22.54        47.79 (25.25)
Combined Team Scores - Through Event 17                 
 
  1. Stanford                        462.5   2. California                        305
  3. Texas A&M                       222.5   4. Texas                             208
  5. Georgia                         204.5   6. Louisville                      157.5
  7. NC State                          152   8. Indiana                           142
  9. Michigan                          137  10. Minnesota                         134
 11. Missouri                          131  12. Southern Cali                     126
 13. Kentucky                          106  14. Virginia                          105
 15. Arizona                          84.5  16. Wisconsin                          72
 17. UNC                                58  18. Ohio St                            52
 19. Auburn                             50  20. UCLA                               39
 21. Miami (Oh)                         29  22. Tennessee                          27
 23. Nevada                             25  24. Florida St                         21
 25. Northwestern                       20  26. Denver                             18
 27. Virginia Tech                      17  28. Umbc (W)                           14
 28. Lsu                                14  30. Iowa                               13
 31. Cincinnati                         12  32. Penn St                            10
 32. Boise St                           10  34. Purdue                              7
 35. Arizona St                          6  36. Miami (Fl)                          5
 36. Air Force (W)                       5  38. Florida Gulf                        4
 38. South Carolina                      4  38. Pittsburgh                          4
 41. Alabama                           3.5  42. San Diego State University          2
 42. Notre Dame                          2  42. Massachusetts                       2
 45. Drexel                              1  45. Rutgers                             1
13 Comments

13 comments

  1. avatar
    Kaili Baas

    Awesome! Slight correction in that she tied for Olympic gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiac!

    • avatar

      That is amazing! And oh yeah, she is Olympic Champion in the event along with Oleksiac so it is perfectly proper to say we can proving why she is Olympic Champion in the event. Go Stanford!!!

  2. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Bet she (Manuel) could put the wood to both Rowdy and Matt Biondi.

    Of course they’re 30-plus years her senior but…and don’t even ask about Jonty Skinner/ Jim Montgomery or Spitz!

  3. avatar

    Looks like it will take the women beating the men’s times until one of two things happen:
    1. Women have to swim in swim suits instead of expensive wearable Kayaks
    or
    2. Men get to wear wearable Kayaks again.

    Nothing against these great women at all, but given these two choices, which do you think Fina and NCAA will go with? A simple answer — follow the money. Unfortunately the “money” it takes to outfit a team in kayaks is one of the contributing factors to so many college programs threatened with the chopping block. What would prove me wrong is to see how many women would be under 47 in a swimsuit — lycra from the hips to the shoulders.

    • avatar

      WHAT are YOU talking about….you say nothing against these women….then go into some bs about the poor men…wow you need help..lol….oh yeah the men are out drunk raping women..wrecking gas stations and getting busted for dwi’s instead of being good human beings …sorry just saying

  4. Michael Schroth

    I was not surprised by the was she obliterated the previous record time. Ms. Manuel had something to prove after her 200 free finals swim.

  5. Butch Briggs

    Heather, she may be faster than you.

  6. Dave Hoover

    Probably the best swim of the meet….

  7. Daniel Babatunde

    I was unable to find the swimming events on my tv channels?

  8. Amy Lynn

    Dang, that is wicked fast. Way to go Simone!

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