[post_page_title]Simone Manuel – Then[/post_page_title]
Unlike many of the women on this list, Simone Manuel is the kind of swimmer who dedicates herself to just one discipline: the sprint freestyle. Manual has been swimming since the age of four, and knew that she wanted to make it into the big leagues. After hours of practice, Simone finally made her Olympic Trials debut in 2012. Unfortunately, she didn’t qualify, but continued her studies at Stanford, and set her sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This time, she qualified and competed in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle events.
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