Simone Manuel Confirms She Will Go Pro, Continue to Train at Stanford (Video)

In an interview after Stanford’s commanding win of the 2018 NCAA D1 Women’s Championships Saturday night, Simone Manuel confirmed that she will turn professional and continue to train at Stanford under Greg Meehan next year.

After Manuel participated in Stanford’s Senior Day festivities, we reported that she will not see out her NCAA eligibility (she took an Olympic redshirt in her sophomore year).

Manuel’s professional plans have been a highly-debated topic among swimming fans. She’s the defending Olympic and World champ in the 100 meter free, having beaten recent world record-breakers Cate Campbell in Rio in 2016 and Sarah Sjostrom in Budapest in 2017. That Rio win made Manuel the first ever black woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming.

After missing most of this college season with an injury, Manuel won the 50 free and 100 free at the NCAA Championships this week. She’s the American record-holder in the 100 (45.56), and came close to that time in her win on Saturday (45.65). Individually, she also took third in the 200 free, going 1:41.48.

As for relays, she anchored Stanford to wins in the 400 medley, 200 medley, and 400 free relays. The medley relays were both American records — in the 200, she split 20.45, the fastest 50 free relay split of all-time. In the 400 free relay, she made up 1.3 seconds on Cal’s Katie McLaughlin for a thrilling come-from-behind win (her split of 45.47 is the second-fastest relay split of all-time).

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4 years ago

Secure the bag, Swimone!

4 years ago

Will she graduate in May or does she have another yr of school left??

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

I read somewhere she’s walking this May, but has a few more months to complete.

4 years ago

Interested to see who she decides to sign with.

4 years ago

This girl is a class act, and should be very marketable.

Reply to  MasterSwim
4 years ago

I’m not trying to be terribly nit picky, but I think it’s important we refer to Simone as a woman, not a girl.

Reply to  Stanford77
4 years ago

Hey, I had no idea this site commentary was so PC…how about this “person” or “human being” is a class act and should do very well in whatever she decides to do in her future…better? Much more seriously, she seems to communicate in a very humble and articulate manner, along with a huge and wonderful smile…she should be an excellent role model for young women (and girls) all over North America and internationally. I am very happy for her, and for women’s swimming.

Reply to  MasterSwim
4 years ago

Agreed…this ATHLETE is going to be a star. I wish her much success and fun in her future.

4 years ago

Congratulations Simone. You had a wonderful NCAA swimming career. I look forward to many more breathtaking performances. ??

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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