Simone Manuel won the 50 free in 24.29 seconds, just 1/100th of a second ahead of Abbey Weitzeil.
Also earning a Tokyo ticket in the final night of action in Omaha was Bobby Finke with a win in the men's 1,500m freestyle while Caeleb Dressel qualified for a third individual event blitzing to victory in the men's 50m free equalling his American record of 21.04 seconds. No result the entire week long meet was more welcomed than Manuel's after she failed to make the final in the 100m freestyle. The first black woman to claim an individual swimming gold medal, an emotional Manuel revealed later that she had been suffering from overtraining syndrome that had kept her out of the pool until just weeks prior to the trials.
The 29-year-old was suspended for five years for an anti-doping rule violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit said earlier this month, but received permission from the Court of Arbitration of Sport to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials, where she finished second in the 100m hurdles finals in 12.51. The fourth-place finisher Gabbi Cunningham will replace McNeal for Tokyo if McNeal's appeal is denied.