Manuel wins 100-meter freestyle at winter nationals
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
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.