Video Interview: Simone Manuel Happy To Race Against Stacked 100 Free Field

Photo Courtesy: Madeline Olson

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Simone Manuel picked up a victory against a loaded women’s 100-meter freestyle field at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Minneapolis.

Manuel also talks about her Olympic redshirt year.

Original 100 free report:

Simone Manuel, swimming unattached, grabbed first in the women’s 100 free with a final time of 54.19. Manuel’s time lowered the pool record from its former 54.27, set in 2011 by Missy Franklin.

The young Abbey Weitzeil put up a good fight turning in a time of 54.46 for second, while North Baltimore’s Allison Schmitt finished third with a 54.90.

Distance All-Star Katie Ledecky demonstrated some speed by picking up a fourth place finish with a final time of 54.95.

Cal’s Camille Cheng grabbed fifth overall with a time of 55.09, while Missy Franklin of Colorado Stars took sixth in the event with a 55.26.

Amanda Weird posted a final time of 55.78, good for seventh in the event and Shannon Vreeland rounded out the top eight with a time of 56.11.

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