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Move over Missy Franklin and make room for Simone Manuel.

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Simone Manuel

Manuel, who attends Fort Bend Austin (Sugar Land, Texas), broke a national age group swimming record on Friday which was held by Franklin, the four-time Olympic gold-medalist. She swam the 50-meter freestyle in 25.06 seconds to set a national record for ages 15-16 during the final day of qualifying for the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind. Franklin's record was 25.26, set two years earlier.

Margo Geer also was clocked in 25.06, but she is 21 years old.

Swimming World Magazine, noting that Manuel's best previous time was 25.45 from 2012, said, "She put herself right in line as the future of women's sprinting for Team USA."

Earlier in the week, the 16-year-old Manuel had placed third in the 100-meter freestyle (53.86) to qualify for the USA team which will compete in Barcelona, Spain from July 19-Aug. 4.

A member of the Sugar Land First Colony Swim Team, Manuel won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard  freestyle events during the NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla., setting age-group records in the 50 and 100.  Her time of 47.73 seconds in the 100 broke the national record of 47.80 set by North Dakota's Dagny Knutson in 2008.

She has a Twitter account @simone_manuel