Simone Manuel Wins 100 Free With New Meet and U.S. Open Record

simone-manuel-2018-santa-clara-pss_2
Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Editorial content for the USA Swimming Summer Nationals coverage is sponsored by TritonWear. Visit TritonWear.com for more information on our sponsor. For full Swimming World coverage, check event coverage page.

Simone Manuel blew away the field in the 100 free, hitting the wall in 52.54 to finish as the only woman in the field under 53 seconds. That time broke Mallory Comerford’s U.S. Open and meet record of 52.81 from last summer and was less than 3-tenths off Manuel’s own American record of 52.27 from 2017 Worlds. Manuel flipped first at the 50 in 25.62 and never looked back, recording the only closing split under 27 seconds in the field (26.92).

Comerford was second in tonight’s final, finishing in 53.09, while Margo Geer improved on her lifetime best from earlier this season to finish third in 53.44. Also punching her ticket to Pan Pacs will be Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil, who was fourth in 53.56.

Rounding out the rest of the final was Stanford’s Lia Neal (53.95), Allison Schmitt (54.24), Kelsi Dahlia (54.41), and 15-year-old Gretchen Walsh (54.57). Notably, Cal’s Katie McLaughlin won the B-final in 54.24.

Screen Shot 2018-07-25 at 9.46.34 PM

3 comments

  1. Jim Bowser

    Just love fast women, go Stanford Swimming! Yea Simone.