Three Black College Swimmers Make History At NCAA Championship [video]

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History was made on the last night of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming National Championships. Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Natalie Hinds swept the 100 yard freestyle, becoming the first ever African-Americans to finish 1-2-3 in any event.  Manuel of Stanford set the NCAA, American, U.S. Open, Championship and Pool records when she clocked a time of 46.09 (!!!). Teammate Lia Neal came in second place with a time of 47.13, which is still insanely fast. And rounding out the top 3 was University of Florida’s Natalie Hinds who swam a time of 47.24, just a tenth behind Neal.

History was made on the last night of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming National Championships. Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Natalie Hinds swept the 100 yard freestyle, becoming the first ever African-Americans to finish 1-2-3 in any event. Manuel of Stanford set the NCAA, American, U.S. Open, Championship and Pool records when she clocked a time of 46.09 (!!!). Teammate Lia Neal came in second place with a time of 47.13, which is still insanely fast. And rounding out the top 3 was University of Florida’s Natalie Hinds who swam a time of 47.24, just a tenth behind Neal.

African-American swimmers took the top three finishes in a single event at the Women’s Division 1 NCAA Championship this weekend, a feat recognized by the national governing body of swimming in the United States with a celebratory tweet.

Freshman phenom Simone Manuel of Stanford set an NCAA, American, U.S. Open, Championship and Pool record when she clocked a time of 46.09 in the women’s 100 yard freestyle.

Manuel’s Stanford teammate Lia Neal came in second place with a time of 47.13. (Fans may recall that Neal won a bronze medal in the 4×100 free relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.)

The University of Florida’s Natalie Hinds swam a time of 47.24. Hinds reset her own-school record in the event during competition.

Teammates Manuel and Neal spoke to Swimming World magazine about their game plan before winning 400 yard freestyle relay, Neal revealing her exhaustion. “We were talking about it before the relay, we were gonna go until it hurt. If it hurt that meant that we were doing something right,” she said.

Neal led the first leg of the race and Manuel anchored it, breaking the American record in the relay by 2 seconds and the US Open/NCAA Record by a full second.

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