Olympian Simone Manuel On A Mission: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Katie Ledecky nearly owned the media conversation during the Pro Swim Santa Clara, signing with swimwear giant TYR.   But what about Simone Manuel? Attention turned to the four-time Olympic medalist as she won 50m and 100m  free  (24.6 and 53.8), and she indicated she’s still in-talks on a swimwear partnership. Simone added it is important for her to sign with a brand that falls in line with her beliefs and mission beyond the pool.   Simone’s mission includes inspiring kids, young women, and people who, as she put it, “look like me.”  It also includes Make a Splash, USA Swimming Foundation’s learn to swim charity. Make a Splash (MAS) provides the lifesaving skill of learning how to swim to economically disadvantaged families.  MAS currently provides over one million lessons per year through their MAS Local Partners across the United States.

Simone’s star power will burn brighter as she signs partnerships on the run-up to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.  As for this summer, I’m sticking by my predictions from the last Gold Medal Minute episode.

US Nationals / Pan Pac PREDICTIONS:

  • 50m free – 23.79
  • 100m free – 51.99
  • 200m free – 1:56.1

I think that will be enough for Simone to sweep the 50-100m free at Pan Pacific Championships. What do you think?

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science geek

Her legacy is already cemented and will always be considered a great clutch swimmer but I bet she really wants a WR under her belt.

Hswimmer

Yeah her 100 free will be better than that.. I think y’all are still underestimating her

DDias

I will not be surprised with a 51.6 by Manuel. The only problem I think Sarah has more in the tank to give and will bring 100free WR to 51low.

Taa

All this talk of 51s. I’m not seeing it as she had two years of .5 second drops and I would expect she needs to hit a little plateau at some point before 2020. I’m gonna say 23.88 and 52.21. I’d like to hear some thoughts on Erika Brown

Hswimmer

Why does she need to hit a plateau? She’s improved a lot this year already from her in season times..

taa

She doesnt need to its just that its gonna happen sooner or later just like it did with Ledecky….thats a joke hahahhaha

tammy touchpad error

No drop in 100 Free at NC’s

Swim-Fan

I get that, but she also was injured most of the year and only swam in 3 meets prior to NC.

Yozhik

That’s true. There was no progress in her college senior year in SCY. And this is the year when we would usually expect the exclamation sign at the end of college swimming career before going pro. Like Missy Franklin for example.

E Gamble

Did you guys forget that Simone only participated in a total of four meets her senior year because she was out with an injury? She raced in two dual meets…Pac12 and NCs. She had an outstanding senior year as far as I’m concerned considering her circumstances. That 100 free AR record won’t be touched for years. No one currently or up and coming has Simone’s SCY speed.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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