Simone Manuel named Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year

Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel (Courtesy: Stanford Athletics)

Stanford senior and swimming standout SIMONE MANUEL has won the Honda Cup as the nation’s top collegiate women’s athlete, as awarded by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards at a nationally televised event in downtown Los Angeles.

Manuel is the fourth Cardinal to win the honor, joining teammate KATIE LEDECKY who won in 2017, women’s volleyball’s OGONNA NNAMANI in 2005 and swimmer TARA KIRK in 2004. Stanford is the first school to have back-to-back Honda Cup award winners since Maya Moore won twice in a row for the University of Connecticut in 2010 and 2011.

Manuel is a 14-time NCAA champion, including six national titles at the 2018 NCAA Championships. The Cardinal team captain from Sugar Land, Texas, is a 21-time All-American and was the fifth woman to win three NCAA titles in the 100-yard freestyle, winning each year she competed.

She finished her Stanford career with six American records, seven NCAA records and seven school records. She also was a member of two NCAA championship teams and two Pac-12 championship squads.

Manuel is the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming. She holds four Olympic medals overall (two gold, two silver).

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