Simone Manuel Learning How to Manage Life on the Road (Video)


Reported by Karl Ortegon.


  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom- 53.12


  1. Simone Manuel (Alto Swim Club) – 53.74
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs ) – 54.65
  3. Margo Geer (Mission Viejo) – 55.19

Fighting through strep throat, Simone Manuel was still very quick tonight, posting a 53.74 to win the 100 free. She was out in 26.12, but came back hard in 27.62 to win this by nine tenths over Olivia Smoliga of Athens Bulldogs (54.65). Smoliga caps off what has been a very impressive meet for her this week.

Margo Geer of Mission Viejo posted a 55.19 for 3rd, with Athens Bulldogs’ Natalie Hinds close behind (55.35) in 4th.

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Sunny Cal

Where is video?


What is the advantage/purpose/reason competing when you are sick. If you are professional you should learn what sick day benefit is. If not swimmers then coaches should know that the consequences can be dare. Missy Franklin had a simple back muscles spasm at easy practice swim at PP in 2014. But despite that she continued competing at all scheduled events practically to the expected level. If to believe to many commentators here exactly this accident and improper treatment of it started Franklin’s swimming career downfall.


Strep throat is different than a back spasm.. she seems to have been just getting over the sickness. Probably just caused by being around different people and kids and traveling all the time. Simone has a lot of obligations now.


I’m not a doctor, therefore please explain me how strep throat makes a swimmer slower. I would understand it if she drinks water from the pool during racing but she probably doesn’t do it because it’s disgusting. When I was a child our family doctor used to say that not the illness by itself is dangerous but complications. Because your heart, your liver, your kidney, your spine, everything inside you are under stress when you are sick. Heavy exercise doesn’t help it and can drive your defense systems over limits. But I’m not a doctor as i have said already, and you know better probably. The only question I have now is that if this sickness isn’t that important, to… Read more »


Simone mentioned in one of her interviews that she found out on Monday. If she found out on Monday, she probably started antibiotics on Monday. She was entered in the 200 free and a couple other events scheduled for Thursday and did not compete at all on Thursday probably as a precaution. Her first race was Friday—with 4 or 5 days of treatment. There have been athletes compete with Mono and they are called heroes. Athletes competed at NCAAs injured and bandaged and they are called warriors and tough competitors. And you are deluding yourself if you truly believe that other athletes have not competed sick or injured in this sport and any other sport. Many of us even go… Read more »


Oh, it is all about heroism. How haven’t I gotten it from the first place? All these cramps, broken necks, motorcycle accidents etc is all about getting famous and sacrificing personal health for the sake of team’s or coach’s glory. I read you. But it all makes sense in NCAA where swimmer is at most for 4 years. But what about professionals who plan to earn money by swimming for longer period than that. The great health is their commodity. Can you imagine professional singer heavily smoking, eating in access ice cream or abusing his throat some other way?


This in not the same as a singer smoking heavily!

Joel Lin

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