Stanford freshman Simone Manuel has broken the American Record in the women’s 100 yard freestyle in College Station, Texas at the 2014 Art Adamson Invitational.
Manuel swam a 46.62 to break her own American Record of 46.75, though the all-time best (U.S. Open Record) belonging to Auburn’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace remains in-tact in 46.61.
Manuel’s swim is also a new United States 17-18 National Age Group Record in the event.
A partials comparison between Manuel’s old American Record and new American Record in the race:
- Manuel old American Record: 22.43/24.32 = 46.75
- Manuel new American Record: 22.50/24.12 = 46.62
With swims that tight, the splits don’t always reveal a ton, because the margins are so narrow. Manuel’s by-25 splits, however, are bit more telling: 10.75/11.75/12.17/11.95. As compared to Vanderpool-Wallace, who was going out in under 22, Manuel is much more of a back-half swimmer (though going out in 22.5 is still an incredible achievement). The eye-test revealed that too, as Manuel’s lead grew as the race went on.