First Colony Swim Team’s Simone Manuel has re-broken her own American Record in the 100 yard free in the finals of the 2014 NASA Junior National Cup in Clearwater, Florida on Saturday night. She swam a 46.75, which cleared her American Record and 17-18 National Age Group Record of 46.83 done in prelims of the individual event on Saturday morning.
- PM 22.43/22.54 AM
- PM 24.32/24.29 AM
Coming into the day, Manuel’s best was 47.09, and the American Record was a 46.84 by Natalie Coughlin done at the 2011 Winter National Championship meet.
Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace still holds the U.S. Open Record with a 46.61, but Manuel at only 17 years old is getting dangerously close to that record.
Manuel will join the defending NCAA runners-up Stanford in the fall, which is part of what gives Cardinal fans national title hopes next season.
Her relay from First Colony took the meet win in 3:24.51 with teammates Madison Varisco, Alicia Finnigan, and Kenedy Thaman.