LAST YEAR, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win gold in an individual swimming event at the Olympics.
Six months later, the 20-year-old has broken history again after completing the 100-yard freestyle in less than 46 seconds, providing her college, Stanford, with its first NCCA Women’s title since 1998.
Simone won the event she last won in 2015, her freshman year, in a 45.56, way under her 46.09 from two years ago breaking the record in that event at the NCCA Championships.
The win earned the athlete her third championship of the meet, which included helping her Stanford relay team win the 800 freestyle.
“Without love…and lots of hard work, this would not have been possible. NATTY CHAMPS BBY,” she wrote on Instagram, posting an image with her teammates and medal.
Simone became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, taking home two gold and two silver medals from Rio.