Womens Swimming

Simone Manuel feature , USA Swimming

Date of competition: Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Don’t get her wrong – Simone Manuel loves feeling a medal around her neck and standing on the podium to revel in the playing of the American National Anthem as much as anyone.

She must. Her collection of international hardware from being one of the fastest swimmers in the world continues to grow each year. That’s a lot of medals and anthems.

Within the past two years, she’s added seven of the gold kind from the Olympics and World Championships. She earned five of them last summer at Worlds in Budapest – a feat surpassed only by Caeleb Dressell (7) but equaled by former Stanford teammate and new professional training partner Katie Ledecky.

But for Manuel – the American record holder in both the 50 and 100 freestyles – the real tell that alerts her to how she’s swimming is her own assessment.

If she knows she’s swimming fast and still loves the sport – as she is right now – then everything else is ancillary.

Read the full story by Michael Watkins at https://www.usaswimming.org

posted by Rick Eymer on Jun 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

Video Simone Manuel on her Santa Clara performance -- Courtesy of SwimSwam.

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