Manuel wins 100-meter freestyle at win­ter na­tion­als

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Two-time Olympic cham­pion Si­mone Manuel com­pleted a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swim­ming Win­ter Na­tion­als, win­ning the 100-meter race Sat­ur­day in Greens­boro, North Carolina.

Manuel touched in 53.38 sec­onds to beat Margo Geer by a sec­ond. Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free win­ner this week, fin­ished fifth in 54.76.

Manuel, who holds the Amer­i­can record in the event at 52.27, tied for the gold medal in the 100 free at the Rio Olympics. She won the 50 free Thurs­day night and fin­ished sec­ond Fri­day in the 200 free against Ledecky, her team­mate and train­ing part­ner.

Manuel met the time qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards in all three of her events this week for the 2020 Olympic Tri­als, which will be held in Omaha, Ne­braska, in

June 2020.

For Ledecky, the Win­ter Na­tion­als served as a jump­ing off point as she pre­pares for next year’s World Cham­pi­onships in Gwanju, South Korea, in July. Ledecky, who won five gold medals and one sil­ver in her Olympic de­but in Rio, qual­i­fied for Olympic Tri­als in all four events she swam this week.

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