2x Olympic Champion Simone Manuel Seen Flexing in Tennessee Weight Room

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 36

January 30th, 2022 News

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.

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Swimfan
5 months ago

I think the US should hold a World Cup to were every country is invited and they can bring as many people as they want if they meet a certain time

Terry Watts
Reply to  Swimfan
5 months ago

And make one day just for a Relay Carnival!

Bayliss
5 months ago

Oh hellz yea!

Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

It’s a lot closer to home for her. UT wouldn’t be that great of a fit.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

I meant THE UT (Texas), not ut (Tenessee)

SUNY Cal
5 months ago

Is Catie Deloof training at TN now? I thought I heard she was done swimming?

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
5 months ago

OMG!!!!!

Swimmer
5 months ago

Like swimmer said about Comerford, does anyone know what happened to Gretchen Walsh this summer? She has had a phenomenal freshman season, breaking AR in 50 Back, and Swimming great times across multiple distances. She was 24.7/53.7 in 2019, and at trials this year she was 55.9 in the 100 (way off). He weird thing is that her 50 was a PB at 24.6, and she made finals in the 50. Anyone know why she had such spades of speed but not the endurance last summer?

Dmswim
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

Maybe she just had a bad swim? That can happen sometimes especially for a high school swimmer. Maybe the nerves got to her. She’s doing great now and has a bright future ahead of her!

dave
5 months ago

Glad to hear that Simone is doing OK, hope that she is happy, wherever.

Swimmer
5 months ago

On another note, is anyone gonna talk about what happened to Mallory Comerford this past year? 2019, Comerford won multiple world titles, and holds the 2nd fastest 100 Free in U.S. History at 52.5. In 2021, Comerford couldn’t break 54 or make the trials final in the 100, making the relay team without the 2 fastest 100 swimmers in US history. We had Schmitt go 54.1 to round out the top 6; that isn’t right. We shouldn’t have to go to the 54.1 athlete, if we expected it to be 53.5 as 6th place.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

She had mono in the fall

The Original Tim
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

From what I recall seeing on social media, I believe she had a long case of mono that severely impacted her training and she didn’t get back into the swing of things till not much before Trials.

RoughTake
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

Asking the question is one thing, but really just laying it on thick here, huh? Maybe wait for an answer before roasting such a great American sprinter.

Walter
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

So, it’s Mallory Comerford’s fault that no one else could swim faster than 54.1? Ok. I am sure she could kick your butt all over the place anyway.

Swimmer
Reply to  Walter
5 months ago

I’m sorry, my intention wasn’t in any way shape or form intended to be mean. I’m sorry if I sounded rude, I was curious on what happened but I really should have been more cautious of people’s feelings.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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