Simone Manuel Biography

Simone Manuel is an African-American Professional Swimmer. At the age of four, she started learning swimming. There was a time when she almost gave up swimming because of racial stereotyping and was ignored at practice. Now is she competing for her country at World Championship and Olympics? Her stroke is freestyle. She also helped her college Stanford win the NCAA team championship in women’s swimming and diving.

Early Life

Simone was born on 2nd August 1996 in Sugar Land, Texas, United States of America. The names of her parents are Sharron Manuel and Marc Manuel. She also has siblings whose names are Ryan Manuel and Chris Manuel. At a young age, she used to go swimming with her family. Simone completed her high school education at Stephen F Austin High School. Further for her higher studies, she went to Stanford University.  During her schooling days, she showed active participation in the field of swimming.

Simone Manuel Career

Simone began her career in the field of swimming sport. In 2012 she was seen at US Olympic Trials and ranked 20th in 50-meter freestyle and 17th in 100-meter freestyle events. In 2014 as a freshman she broke the American and National Collegiate Athletic Association record for the 100-yard freestyle. During her school days she competed at many competitions like the 2013 US National Championship, 2013 World Aquatic Championship, 2014 US National Championship, Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, US Open, 2015 World Aquatics Championship, and many more.

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In July 2018 she has forgone her final season with Stanford and signed with TYR Sports Inc.  She began her professional career at the 2019 World Championship in Gwangju. Over there she scored her personal best in Mixed Freestyle Relay of 4 x100m which was 3:19.40. In 2021 she is seen at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She won a bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle relay where she recorded 3:32.81. On day seven of competition she swam a 24.65 in prelims of 50-meter freestyle and advanced to semifinals where she ranked 11th.

Simone Manuel Biography

Real Name Simone Ashley Manuel
Birth Date August 2, 1996
Age (as of 2021) 24 Years
Birth Place Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Profession Swimmer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Leo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 10” – in Centimeters – 178 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 67 kg  –  in Pounds –  148 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Athletic


Father Marc Manuel
Mother Sharron Manuel
Brother Two (Christopher & Ryan Manuel)


School Fort Bend Austin High School
College Stanford University

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relation
Affair Yes
Who is her boyfriend? Denzel Franklin
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Personal Life

Simone is currently in a relationship with Denzel Franklin. He is a football player at Stanford and has been spotted on her social media. They like to spend quality time in private and away from the limelight.

Simone Manuel Net Worth

Simone has earned a lot from her career as a professional swimmer. She used to swim in many events like the Olympics. Her source of income is from winning prize money. According to sources her net worth has been estimated at around $3 million. Some other sources of her income are earned from sponsorship and by attending various events.


  • In 2014 she became a member of the Stanford Cardinal Women’s swimming team.
  • She broke the school record in 50,100, 200-yard freestyle.
  • Her brothers and father played basketball in college while her mother played basketball and volleyball in high school.
  • She performed at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro.
  • In the 2017 World Championship at Budapest, her team of Kathleen Baker, King, and Worrell broke the 2012 world record of 3:52.05.
  • She is the first African-American woman to win gold in individual swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • She is friends with Katie Ledecky.

Final Thoughts

Simone is a hardworking swimmer. She has also felt racial discrimination in the field and was strong enough to overcome the situation so that she can pursue her dream. As a senior, she won Honda Sports Award as the Nation’s Best Female Swimmer and Honda Cup for the best overall female collegiate athlete.  Recently she is all over the news because of her performance at the ongoing 2020 Summer Olympics. We wish her good luck in her upcoming competitions.

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