It took 17-year-old Simone Manuel to break Natalie Coughlin’s three-year old American Record in the 100 freestyle. Manuel swam a 46.83 in prelims at the NASA Junior National Championship Cup, to break the previous 46.84 standard set by Natalie Coughlin at Short Course Nationals in 2011.
The U.S. Open and NCAA Records still belong to Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who was a 46.61 at SEC’s in 2012 representing Auburn; Vanderpool-Wallace is from the Bahamas. Manuel’s swim ranks her as the second-fastest swimmer of all-time in the event, and is the fifth-fastest performance in its history as well.
That swim by Manuel was also a new National Age Group Record, breaking her previous best time of 47.09 from NCSA Junior Nationals just a week ago, also in Florida. Manuel set the tone of the race early, at 22.54 to the feet on the first 50, and came home very strong in 24.29 to set the record.
Manuel has exploded onto the international scene last summer when she finished 2nd in the 50 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 freestyle at World Championship Trials, earning her a berth to the World Championships. She went onto Worlds in Barcelona to win gold in the 4×100 FR-R, and placed 7th in the 50 freestyle individually.
She is also famously known for anchoring the 200 mixed medley relay at the 2013 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool to a win, which sealed a victory for Team USA overall.
Manuel swims for First Colony Swim Team out of Sugar Land, Texas. Finals of the meet will begin at 6PM EST tonight. The meet started on Wednesday and will end tonight in Clearwater, Florida.