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Manuel earns another women's sprinting event at U.S. trials

 

For the second time in two days, Abbey Weitzeil and Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel finished 1-2 in a women's sprinting event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming.

On Friday, the duo took the top two spots – Weitzeil first, Manuel second – in the women's 100m freestyle, earning their way onto the Olympic roster in the 100m free and 400m free relay.

Sunday, they did it again, in the same order, in the 50m free. Weitzeil hit the wall first in 24.28, with Manuel five-hundredths of a second behind in 24.33. Their performances were the sixth- and seventh-fastest in the world this year in this event.

"I was coming in here to win and make the team, so it's not a surprise," Weitzeil said. "But still, even if you're experiencing it, and you know you can do it, when you touch the wall and see that '1' (on the scoreboard) it's a huge sensation of, 'Oh my gosh, this happened.'

"I think the hardest part was just how long I the meet was. It's an eight-day meet, and most of the days, I wasn't swimming, so just coming here and pretty much just sitting and waiting for a 50-second race and a 25-second race is definitely a long process."

"I think it's a big deal," Manuel said. "Just coming off 2012, I was 17th in the 100 free, and my goal (in 2012) was to make semifinals. So getting an individual swim has been something I've dreamed of for four years, and then being able to pull it off in the 50 free is exciting, and then I'll have the relay, too. I'm super excited for what's to come."

Earning the Omega Top Male Swimmer of the Meet award was Michael Phelps, who won three events – the 200m fly, 200m IM and 100m fly.

Incoming Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky was named Omega's top Female Swimmer of the Meet for her wins in the 400m free, 200m free and 800m free.

For complete roster.

— USA swimming

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