Simone Manuel Re-Breaks American Record with Relay Leadoff in Finals: Video

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.

Manuel’s splits:

  • 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.

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I’d like to know more about her training. Simone looks ok technically but must be pulling some massive water. Dolph kicks are fair, tempo is on the slower end, and her start is average compared to Natalie or Ariana VW.

She looks tall and exceptionally strong.


Is all this assessment from this one video?

Its pretty hard to tell how “fair” her dolphin kicks are. I see 4 kicks an by fuzzy approximation first stroke taken about 8 yards off the first wall around 3 seconds, or 2.67 yards/sec. That’s fast.

3 dolphin kicks and nearly as far on the last turn. Stroke rate around 1.2 sec/cycle (taken on 3rd 25) ain’t that bad when your pulling that kind of water, I counted 14 strokes on that 3rd 25. Vlad last year at NCAAs was about .9-1.0 the first 50 and 1.0-1.1 the second 50, he has some of the highest tempo out there.

She puts power to the water… technique is as good as it needs to be. Congrats to Simone and hope to see her take this record down lower yet!

bobo gigi

46.75! 😯
Fantastic performance!
And still more impressive after a 100 free in individual and a 100 IM!
I’m sure we’ll see a sub 46 from her in the next 2 years.

Race replays and nice interviews of Michael Andrew and Simone Manuel here.

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