Simone – I kind of touched the wall with 2 hands (Video)

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).

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5 years ago

I wish someone would ask Simone what she is doing differently this year as apposed to last year. Her LCM 100 was actually slower this year and she is still at Stanford with the same coach I think. Abbey is highly motivated and hungry to overtake her number one spot and practices with Santo Condorelli daily. I’m just keeping it real as Simone’s number one fan. Lets go Simone!

5 years ago

America’s greatest ever female sprinter is making it real.

I repeat, she will sweep the sprint events next year in Rio.
I know this because I have followed her since she was a 9 yo girl.

Reply to  BoboGigiSuperfan
5 years ago

I think the Campbell sisters might disagree with you.

Reply to  BoboGigiSuperfan
5 years ago

U seriously lack of awareness about the female sprint events – and the sprint powers from other nations . U might study a little more to get intuned .

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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