Simone Manuel Quickly Qualifies First In 50 Free Heats

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Simone Manuel of Stanford was one of three swimmers to break 25 seconds in the 50 free heats as she qualified to swim in lane four in tonight’s final at 24.61. Manuel is already on the Pan Pac team after she won the 100 free on the first night of the meet. Manuel has been faster this year as her 24.59 from Indianapolis ranks her tenth in the world rankings.

Manuel is ahead of Margo Geer (24.77) and Abbey Weitzeil (24.87) for tonight as those three were the only to break 25 seconds. Weitzeil and Geer are already on the team after finishing in the top four in the 100 to start the meet.

Lia Neal (25.09), Grace Ariola (25.10), Gretchen Walsh (25.13) and Madison Kennedy (25.24) are all looking to get on the team as this is their last chance to do so.

Kelsi Dahlia is also in the final tied with Ariola at 25.10. Dahlia is already on the team after she won the 100 fly.

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