Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Anne Lepesant.
The future of American sprints faced off in the middle of the pool during the final of the women’s 50 free: Abbey Weitzeil of Canyons Aquatic Club, who had posted the morning’s fastest time, and Simone Manuel, the only American to crack the world’s top 10 this summer. Pushing them from the outset was California Aquatics’ Natalie Coughlin, who had an excellent start. It was Manuel, though, whose mid-pool acceleration took over. She ended up with the win in 24.83; Weitzeil was second in 24.86. Cal’s Farida Osman got the bronze medal with 25.22, while Wisconsin Aquatics’ Ivy Martin edged Coughlin, 25.26 to 25.27 for fourth.
Lia Neal of Stanford Swimming got the touch in a hotly-contested consolation final; she won in 25.25 over Cal’s Amy Bilquist (25.33) and SwimAtlanta’s Madeline Locus (25.48).