2-time Olympic Champion, 14-time NCAA champion, and 2020 US Olympic Team captain Simone Manuel, was featured in a social media post at the University of Tennessee on Saturday. Manuel has been previously training at Stanford where she graduated in spring 2018 with a degree in communications.
Associate Director of Olympic Sports Performance Gregory Adamson posted on his Instagram story a picture of the Tennessee pro group in the weight room which includes Erika Brown, Ali DeLoof, Catie DeLoof, and Tess Cieplucha.
The picture was captioned “Going to miss @catiedeloof… she is so much fun and brings juice like her sister! You will always have an open door on #RockyTop!!!”
Catie DeLoof graduated from Michigan in 2019 and swam on the US 400 freestyle relay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She trained at Virginia up until Tokyo, but has left that group.
Also seen in the picture is Manuel, who is flexing her arm with the group.
The picture was shared by most of the Tennessee coaching staff.
SwimSwam has reached out to the Tennessee coaches, Manuel, and Manuel’s agent but has not yet received a response. Manuel is (or has been) at least at Tennessee, but SwimSwam does not know for how long.
If this is a permanent move for Manuel, she will not be the first Stanford pro to have left training at Stanford in the past year. Katie Ledecky announced her move to train at Florida in September.
Manuel became the first Black woman to win an individual Olympic swimming gold medal back at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There she also won gold as a member of the women’s 400 freestyle relay. In addition to competing in the individual 50 freestyle, Manuel also was a member of the bronze-winning 400 freestyle relay at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
In March 2021, Manuel was diagnosed with Overtraining Syndrome and took three weeks out of the water into April. Manuel qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after finishing in first place in the 50 freestyle at the Olympic Trials. In addition to swimming the 50 freestyle, Manuel also swam on the women’s 400 freestyle relay.
Since the Olympics, Manuel has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for the Class of 2022 in the sports category.