(Video Interview) Simone Manuel Bounces Back After Early Stumble in Santa Clara

Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Simone Manuel’s weekend at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara got off to a rough start after a head-on collision in the warm-up Friday, but she bounced back to record strong wins in both the 100 free and then in the 50 free shoot-out later on in the week. Sunday evening after the meet, she recapped the three days.

Manuel explained how she handled the 50 free shoot-out format and how she warmed up differently than she typically does for a 50 free, and she also discussed her transition to a professional career and how she hopes to impact more than just African American swimmers. Manuel also discussed racing Penny Oleksiak, with whom she shared the 100 free Olympic gold in 2012, and she explained how she handles her hair at swim meets.

Watch more video interviews from the TYR Pro Swim Series Santa Clara.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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