Simone Manuel Scorches 20.45 Free Split on 200 Medley Relay


Swimmers lined up for an exciting race in the 200 medley relay finals on day 3 of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Stanford’s Simone Manuel had a huge swim for her team, anchoring in 20.45 to turn a close race into a convincing Cardinal victory. Manuel’s split was the fastest in history by over 3 tenths. The former fastest split ever was a 20.78 done by Manuel at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships.

At the start of the race, Indiana’s Ally Rockett and Stanford’s Ally Howe tied in 23.54 on backstroke. The Hoosiers’ Lilly King gave Indiana a sizeable lead, posting the fastest 50 breast split ever in 25.38. Indiana maintained their lead through fly by over half a second, but it was all over once Manuel hit the water. She quickly closed the gap and surged ahead to help the Cardinal to a 1:33.11. That was an American Record by a second and they ended up over 7 tenths ahead of the field.

All-Time Fastest Relay Splits: Women’s 200 Free Relay

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Simone Manuel 20.45
2 Simone Manuel 20.78
3 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 20.80
4 Erika Brown 20.81
5 Kelsi Worrell 20.84 (T-4)
6 Liz Li 20.84 (T-4)
7 Simone Manuel 20.89
8 Farida Osman 20.91
9 Abbey Weitzeil 20.92
10 Simone Manuel 20.95 (T-10)
11 Amy Bilquist 20.95 (T-10)
12 Ivy Martin 20.96
13 Margo Geer 20.98
14 Megan Romano 20.99

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A non-e mouse

Holy cow

Brock the Breastsroker

That’s fast


Simone angry. Simone hulk smash.


That’s what I was thinking.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently a coach at Loggerhead Aquatics …

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