Simone Manuel

Sport: Swimming
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Currently Resides: Palo Alto, California
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Social Media: Twitter: @swimone; Instagram: @swimone; Facebook: SimoneManuel
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota 4Runner
Olympic History: 2016

Competition Highlights

  • 2019 World Championships, gold (50m free, 100m free, 4x100m free relay, 4x100m medley relay), silver (4x100m free relay, 4x100m mixed medley relay, 4x200m free relay)
  • 2017 World Championships, gold (100m free, 4x100m free relay, 4x100m medley relay, 4x100m mixed medley relay), bronze (50m free)
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016, gold (100m free, 4x100m medley relay), silver (50m free, 4x100m free relay)
  • 2015 World Championships, gold (4x100m mixed free relay), bronze (4x100m free relay)
  • 2013 World Championships, gold (4x100m free relay)

About Simone Manuel

The daughter of Marc and Sharron Manuel, Simone Manuel has two older brothers, Christopher and Ryan. Manuel began swimming at four years old and became an elite competitor just seven years later.

Nicknamed “Swimone”, Manuel is the first African American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming. She has also won the most medals by a woman at FINA World Championships when she took home seven (four gold, three silver) in 2019 and is also the only American woman to win both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle at the World Championships. In 2019, she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.

Manuel graduated from Stanford University where she still holds seven swimming records. She also currently holds the American Record for the individual 50m free, 100m free and as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay. Manuel was voted by her peers to be one of the two captains for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Swimming Team competing in Tokyo.

When not swimming, Manuel is passionate about changing the demographics of swimming and increasing the number of African American swimmers in the United States through her work with the Make A Splash Foundation and I Promise School.

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