On day seven of the World Championships, one day after her 17th birthday, Simone Manuel became the first 18 & under from America to swim under 25 seconds in the 50 freestyle. In prelims, her time of 24.93 broke the previous 17-18 NAG Record set by Kara Lynn Joyce in 2004 at 25.00. Because she was 16 years old at the start of the meet, but 17 at the time of her swim, we are waiting to hear back from USA Swimming to determine if her swim will count towards the 15-16 National Age Group Record or the 17-18 National Age group record. In the semi-finals of the 5o freestyle tonight, Simone Manuel improved her time to 24.91, again breaking her own NAG Record, which ever one it is, from this morning.
Simone Manuel currently owns the 15-16 National Age group record at 25.01. She swam that time at the US World Championship Trials, where she qualified for the World Championship Team.
With Manuel’s time from the semi-finals of 24.91, she finished eighth over all. She will be the eighth seed going into finals tomorrow night.
She will be joined in the final by Cate Campbell, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Jeanette Ottesen Gray, Francesca Halsall, Bronte Campbell, Sarah Sjostrom, and Dorthea Brandt.
UPDATE: USA SWIMMING has confirmed that her record will count towards the 15-16 National Age Group Record. She was still 16 years old at the start of the meet.