Simone on pressure of Trials: It’s just another meet (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Karl Ortegon. 


Top 3

  1. Emma McKeon, St. Peters, 53.30
  2. Brittany Elmslie, Brisbane Grammar, 53.77
  3. Simone Manuel, Unattached, 54.11

After a quick swim this morning, top seed Simone Manuel was unable to improve and fell back behind 54 seconds. She ended up third in 54.11.

St. Peters’ Emma McKeon charged to the wall in first, swimming a 53.30 for the win. Brittany Elmslie, another Australian, grabbed third in 53.77.

Dana Vollmer dropped a few hundredths from this morning, touching fourth in 54.17, just behind Manuel. Aussie Bronte Barratt grabbed fifth in 54.45, while another Aussie, Madison Wilson, was sixth in 54.78.

Madeline Groves swam a 55.48 for the B final.

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6 years ago

Ryan Lochte has the same approach. He’s got the chill surfer bro vibe down perfect and it works for him.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Good luck Simone!
Rock the house at trials!

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I concur! Simone will rock the house at the trials! She’s once cool lady.

Also, people are reading too much into these kind of generic questions and answers.

6 years ago

Eddie Reese said this approach doesn’t really work. My question is if Simone is saying this or if she actually thinks trials is going to be just like another meet.

Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

I’m sure it works for some and not for others to just treat it like a regular swim meet. I would guess (but don’t know) more people psych themselves out about the meet than get super jacked up and perform well. So that mindset could help.

Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

Eddie Reese also coaches men. I think the approach may be different for women, who tend to overthink things sometimes (myself included). And frankly, I think Clark Smith would benefit from having the attitude that this is just another meet.

ice age swimmer
6 years ago

Ha! I bet she doesn’t feel that way when she’s in the middle of it! I’ve heard it’s a real pressure cooker!

Reply to  ice age swimmer
6 years ago

Simone is right, trials is no different than every other meet. All the other wacky swimmers act like making the Olympic team is a defining moment in their careers or something

Reply to  ice age swimmer
6 years ago

People handle tough competitions differently, she seems pretty chill I’m sure she’ll be fine.

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