Simone Manuel smiles at Winter National Championships on Nov. 30, 2018 in Greensboro, NC.
Two-time Olympic champion Simone Manuel turned in another blazing fast performance to win the women’s 100-meter freestyle as the U.S. Winter National Championships came to a close in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday.
Manuel, who also won gold in the 50 free on Friday, swam a time of 53.38, a full second ahead of second-place finisher Margo Geer’s 54.38. Amanda Kendall was third in 54.52.
The men’s 100 freestyle was a much closer contest, with Michael Chadwick narrowly edging three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian for the win. Chadwick’s 48.57 was a hair faster than Adrian’s 48.59, and the second- and third-fastest times in the world this year. Markus Thormeyer earned his second of two medals of the night with the bronze (49.71).
Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky wrapped up the meet with his third gold medal, winning the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle — an event in which he placed fourth at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 — in 15:05.96. Anton Ipsen was second in 15:15.32 and Brennan Gravley was third in 15:38.36. Wilimovsky opened the meet with a win in the 800 meters and then did it again in the 400 meters on Friday.
Ashley Twichell, who won the national title in the women’s 1,500 meters over the summer, repeated as champion with a time of 16:09.80. Erica Sullivan was second in 16:14.84 and Chase Travis was third in 16:27.15.
Canadian Kylie Masse got the win in the women’s 200-meter backstroke finals in 2:09.92 while Olympian Hali Flickinger picked up yet another medal taking the silver in 2:10.77. Ali Galyer won the bronze in 2:11.02.
Jacob Pebley easily won the gold in the men’s 200 backstroke, finishing in 1:56.96. Second-place finisher Christopher Reid swam a 1:58.28 and Thormeyer took third in 1:59.10.
Kelsey Wog won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:26.10 for a solid victory over Emily Escobedo (2:27.34) and Micah Sumrall (2:28.76).
In the men’s race, Nic Fink took the gold with a time of 2:10.24. Kevin Cordes captured silver in 2:11.34 and Jonathan Tybur was third in 2:13.77. The three took the same positions on Friday in the 100 breaststroke.
In the last races of the night, Flickinger cruised to a victory in the women’s 200 meter butterfly with a time of 2:07.22. Olivia Bray was second (2:11.38) and Charlotte Hook third (2:11.93). Flickinger also took third in the women’s 400 IM, silver in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and bronze in the 200-meter freestyle in addition to silver in the 200 backstroke earlier in the evening.
Ryan Vipavetz won the men’s 200 butterfly in 1:59.43. Dare Rose was second with a time of 1:59.98 and Brendan Burns was third in 2:01.09.