EXTRA: Manuel & Pieroni score first U.S. 100 m Free championships in Irvine

TSX EXTRA – for July 26, 2018: U.S. Olympic swimming fans know Simone Manuel from her surprise gold medal at Rio in 2016 and a stunning World Championship win last year in the 100 m Freestyle.

But she had never won the U.S. national championship at that distance … until Wednesday night in Irvine, California.

She overpowered a good field that included the last two national champions and won in 52.54, making her the third-fastest woman in the world in the event in 2018.

American swimmers had a good first day at the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, with 12 new performers in the world’s ten-best for 2018 like surprise men’s 100 m winner Blake Pieroni! And Katie Ledecky won the 800 m Freestyle with ease to start a busy five days of swimming for her.

Get the details and summaries of the top eight finishers in each event in this special, added issue for subscribers. Click below for this EXTRA issue: