Simone Manuel Swims Second Fastest 100 Free Ever; Wins Third Title in Event

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Stanford senior Simone Manuel swam the second fastest 100 free ever on Saturday night at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Manuel swam a 45.65 to get just off her 45.56 American Record she set last year at NCAA’s.

Manuel, overcome with emotion, got a standing ovation during her on-deck interview where she got emotional after saying it was her last individual swim for Stanford.

Manuel is still the only swimmer to break 46 seconds in the event as Mallory Comerford of Louisville was second in the final at 46.20 and Cal junior Abbey Weitzeil was third at 46.74.

Comerford is now second all-time in the event as she moves ahead of Weitzeil in the all-time rankings. Siobhan Haughey of Michigan was fourth in the race and is now tenth all-time with a 46.91. Texas A&M senior Beryl Gastaldello became the eleventh swimmer to break 47 seconds in the event as she was fifth at 46.98.

Tennessee’s Erika Brown (47.08), Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff (47.58) and Cal’s Amy Bilquist (47.82) also competed in the championship final.

Stanford has now won ten total titles in the event. Manuel joins Jenna Johnson (1986, 1987), Jenny Thompson (1992-1995), Claudia Franco (1996) and herself as winners for the Cardinal.

This is also Manuel’s third NCAA title in the 100 free as she joins Thompson, Leigh Ann Fetter of Texas (1989-1991), Martina Moravcova (1997-1999) of SMU, and Kara Lynn Joyce (2004-2007) of Georgia as three-time winners in the event.

 Event 17  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
     American: A 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         Meet: C 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         Pool: P 45.65  3/17/2018 Simone Manuel, Stanford-PC
                 47.53  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 49.99  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Simone Manuel    SR Stanford            47.08      45.65P        20  
    r:+0.67  21.76        45.65 (23.89)
  2 Mallory Comerfo  JR Louisville          46.88      46.20         17  
    r:+0.65  22.44        46.20 (23.76)
  3 Abbey Weitzeil   SO California          47.28      46.74         16  
    r:+0.65  22.31        46.74 (24.43)
  4 Siobhan Haughey  JR Michigan            47.28      46.91         15  
    r:+0.70  22.63        46.91 (24.28)
  5 Beryl Gastaldel  SR Texas A&M           47.36      46.98         14  
    r:+0.61  22.61        46.98 (24.37)
  6 Erika Brown      SO Tennessee           47.29      47.08         13  
    r:+0.69  22.68        47.08 (24.40)
  7 Alyssa Tetzloff  JR Auburn              47.17      47.58         12  
    r:+0.61  22.51        47.58 (25.07)
  8 Amy Bilquist     JR California          47.45      47.82         11  
    r:+0.67  22.76        47.82 (25.06)
        Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 17                 
 
  1. Stanford                          509   2. California                        317
  3. Texas A&M                         215   4. Michigan                          206
  5. Louisville                        185   6. Texas                           180.5
  7. Tennessee                       153.5   8. Minnesota                         134
  9. Indiana                           133  10. Virginia                          120
 11. Georgia                           103  12. Ohio St                            93
 13. Southern Cal                       83  14. Wisconsin                          78
 15. Kentucky                           76  16. Missouri                           72
 17. Auburn                           70.5  18. NC State                           68
 19. Arizona                            46  20. South Carolina                     44
 21. Purdue                             36  22. University of Nevada               33
 23. UNC                                32  24. Arkansas                           30
 25. Arizona St                         27  26. Penn St                            26
 27. Northwestern                       20  27. Denver                             20
 29. Hawaii                           16.5  30. Eastern Mich                       15
 30. Alabama                            15  30. UCLA                               15
 33. Miami University                   14  34. Virginia Tech                      11
 34. Florida                            11  36. Louisiana State University          8
 37. Rutgers                             6  38. Florida St                          3
 39. University of Miami                 2  39. Duke                                2
4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Susan L. Lansbury

    Alice O’Leary McClenahan and Betsy Bacher Mulvehill, our girl 💗🏊‍♀️🌟

  2. Davina Farrell

    Congrats, Simone Manuel!!
    It is great that your hard work continues to pay off.
    🙂

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