Kathleen Baker celebrates after her world record in the women's 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. national championships swimming meet Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Simone Manuel, Michael Andrew Win 50 Free At US Nationals

July 29, 2018 - 7:40 pm

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Simone Manuel won the 50-meter freestyle, completing a sprint sweep at the U.S. national championships Sunday night. swimming

The Olympic silver medalist in Rio got to the wall first in 24.10 seconds, bettering the U.S. Open record of 24.13 set by Cate Campbell of Australia in May 2008. Manuel's time also took down the 10-year-old meet record of 24.25 by Dara Torres and it was fourth-quickest in the world this year.

Olympian Abbey Weitzeil finished second in 24.63. Margo Geer was third.

Manuel won the 100 free earlier in the meet, with Geer third and Weitzeil fourth.

Michael Andrew upset current world champion Caeleb Dressel and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nathan Adrian to win the men's 50 free.

Andrew, who turned pro five years ago at age 14, outdueled Dressel in the closing meters to touch first in 21.49. Dressel stopped the clock in 21.67, while Adrian was third in 21.85. They were the only men under 22 seconds in the final.

Andrew punched the water with his right hand and then raised both arms in the lane next to Dressel.

Kathleen Baker won her third individual event, racing to victory by 1.11 seconds in the 200 individual medley.

Baker led all the way and won in 2 minutes, 8.32 seconds, lowering the U.S. Open record of 2:08.66 set by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 2015. Her time in the four-stroke event was also the fastest in the world this year on the last night of the meet.

Baker qualified to swim three individual events at next month's Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo, after setting a world record in the 100 backstroke and tying for first in the 200 back.

Olympian Chase Kalisz won the men's 200 IM in 1:55.73, fastest in the world this year.

The men's 800 free title went to Zane Grothe in 7:44.57. He broke the U.S. Open record of 7:46.78 set by Connor Jaeger in 2013. Open-water Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky was a distant second in 7:47.51.

Ashley Twichell won the 1,500 free by 6.88 seconds over Ally McHugh. Twichell touched in 15:55.68, the only woman in the final to break 16 minutes. McHugh was timed in 16:02.56.

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