Congratulations to these three amazing black women who made history last weekend.

Updated: March 29, 2015

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-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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