Latest Simone Manuel News

New exhibit explores legacy of segregated swimming pools

Sep. 11, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — I didn’t experience the joy of water — the calm crashing waves, the confidence of swimming in the deep end, canoeing and rowing — until I was in my 30s. It wasn’t that I was uneasy around water as a child. When I had access to a pool, I’d...

Today in History

Aug. 11, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2021. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1992, the Mall of America, the nation’s largest shopping-entertainment...

Dearing, who brought swimming diversity debate, loses race

Aug. 03, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Coming into the Olympics, Alice Dearing made a huge impact in the debate over ways to make swimming a more diverse sport. She had hoped to further her efforts with a strong performance in Tokyo Bay, but it wasn’t to be. The first...

Ban on 'Soul Cap' spotlights lack of diversity in swimming

Aug. 01, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Alice Dearing has an afro, a voluminous puff nearly impossible to protect in most swimming caps. Her hair shrinks if it gets wet. And the chlorine? The chemicals in a pool can cause severe damage that requires substantial time and money to treat. The first...

Olympic Latest: Bencic wins tennis gold for Switzerland

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Belinda Bencic of Switzerland won the women’s tennis...

Pool finale: Dressel, McKeon highlight last day of swimming

Jul. 31, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — American star Caeleb Dressel still has a shot at five gold medals. Australia's Emma McKeon can make some Olympic history, too. The final day of swimming at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is teeming with storylines, led by the world's two...

Trying Olympic year ends in disappointment for Simone Manuel

Jul. 31, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A most trying Olympic year for Simone Manuel came to a disappointing end. The American sprinter failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final in Tokyo. She finished tied for 11th in the semifinals on Saturday. The top eight made Sunday’s final. ...

In Olympic first, men, women swim together in wild medley

Jul. 31, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — One swimmer’s goggles slipped off. Another worried about who was chasing her down. And strangest of all, the world’s dominant male swimmer dived in with no chance. The Olympic debut of the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay lived up to its promise of utter...

Chaotic waters: US stars win, but Dressel won't get 6 golds

Jul. 31, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Caeleb Dressel is pretty much invincible when he has a lane to himself. But give him a deficit of more than 8 seconds? Well, that’s too much for even the world’s greatest swimmer to overcome with two laps of the pool. ...

Swimming wraps up with Dressel going for another gold medal

Jul. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The final night of swimming gives Caeleb Dressel and four-time Olympic medalist Simone Manuel more chances to collect hardware on Day 8 of the Tokyo Games. Dressel is a gold medal favorite in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and is the two-time reigning...