What a comeback: Manuel wins at trials, Adrian falls short
APTOPIX US Swimming Olympic Trials Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil hug after the women's 50 freestyle during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. Days after revealing she was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome, Manuel brought the crowd to its feet on the final night of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials with a thrilling victory in the 50-meter freestyle Sunday. While Manuel earned a trip to Tokyo, Nathan Adrian's bid for a fourth Olympics came up short when he finished third in the men's 50 free. The two shortest races of the trials were followed by the final event of the eight-day meet, the men's 1,500 free. ___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 and his work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry___More AP Olympic coverage: https://www.apnews.com/OlympicGames and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
2 for 2: Ledecky wins her shortest, longest races at trials
US Swimming Olympic Trials Katie Ledecky participates in the women's 1500 freestyle during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. She didn't seem bothered at all to have to swim her shortest and longest events about 70 minutes apart. Ledecky touched the wall far ahead of everyone else, giving her a third individual race at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics. The 200 free was one of four gold medals that Ledecky won at the Rio Games. Douglass will get the expected second spot on the Olympic team, while Cox endured another heartbreak after finishing fourth in two events at the 2016 trials.wftv.com
One down, one to go: Ledecky starts busy night with win
US Swimming Olympic Trials Katie Ledecky participates in the women's 200 freestyle during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. — (AP) — Katie Ledecky got started on a very busy night at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials by winning the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday, claiming a spot in her second individual event at the Tokyo Games. Ledecky was set to return about an hour later as an overwhelming favorite in the 1,500 freestyle, a new event for the women at these pandemic-delayed Olympics. The 200 free was one of four gold medals that Ledecky won at the Rio Games. Schmitt's time was 1:56.79, which gives her a likely individual event in Tokyo as well as a spot on the 4x200 free relay.wftv.com
Simone says: Olympic champ pushes for change in, out of pool
Outside of it, the Olympic champion is pushing herself in a new endeavor to boost the profile of women’s sports. AdShe’s aiming to defend her 100 free title at the Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic. When Stanford closed its facilities last March, Manuel and training partner Katie Ledecky found a backyard pool to work out in. He failed to make it out of the preliminaries, finishing 32nd in the 100 free and 25th in the 100 breaststroke. Blake Pieroni won the men’s 100 free in 49.19 seconds.