Simone Manuel, Ambassador

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“Being an Ambassador for USA Swimming Foundation is an incredible honor. The foundation’s purpose and mission have always been to impact the swim community by providing the life-saving skill of swim lessons and continuing to support its athletes who pursue swimming at the highest level. In partnering with USA Swimming Foundation, I believe together we can continue to make a huge difference in our communities."

In 2016, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming when she won the 100-meter freestyle in Rio.


The four-time Olympic medalist continues to push the envelope, winning the most medals by a woman at FINA World Championships when she took home seven (four gold, three silver) in 2019, including becoming the first American woman to win the 50m free at the World Championships since Amy Van Dyken in 1998. She is also the only American woman to win both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle at the World Championships. In 2019, she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.


During her collegiate career at Stanford, Manuel won six individual NCAA titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and helped the Cardinal win eight relays and back-to-back NCAA team titles in 2017 and 2018.


A champion for diversity in the sport, Manuel became a USA Swimming Foundation ambassador to ensure more minorities have an opportunity to learn to swim and get involved in the sport she loves.

For more on Simone's swimming career, click here.