(Race Video) Abbey Weitzeil Blasts 50 Free American Record

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Abbey Weitzeil blasted the American record in the women’s 50-yard free during her individual event at the 2016 American Short Course Championships in Austin.

She scorched finals with a 21.12 for the win tonight, breaking Lara Jackson’s American record of 21.27 set as a relay leadoff for Arizona during the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Weizeil initially missed the American record by the slimmest of margins during the 200-yard free relay. She clocked a 21.28 leadoff to just miss.

This morning during prelims, Weitzeil threw down a swift time of 21.42.

That time broke her personal best of 21.49 set as a leadoff for Canyons at the 2014 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals, and had moved her up to fifth all time ahead of the legendary Natalie Coughlin (21.46 in 2007).

Weitzeil is on fire this weekend in Austin.  She already moved to sixth in the world in the 50-meter free with a 24.72 and seventh in the world in the 100-meter free with a 54.00 during the LCM portion of the meet.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   19 CANY                21.42      21.12 A      
    r:+0.70  10.12        21.12 (11.00)
  2 Stanzi Moseley   17 CANY                22.39      22.14 B      
    r:+0.70  10.80        22.14 (11.34)
  3 Jessica Hardy    28 GWSC                22.83      22.96 B      
    r:+0.77  11.23        22.96 (11.73)
  3 Katherine Wagne  18 CANY                23.00      22.96 B      
    r:+0.70  11.03        22.96 (11.93)
  5 Lauren Green     17 UNQSS               23.25      23.10        
    r:+0.68  11.16        23.10 (11.94)
  6 Hannah Rogers    22 UN                  23.24      23.19        
    r:+0.72  11.23        23.19 (11.96)
  7 Eva Merrell      16 AZOT                23.19      23.39        
    r:+0.76  11.18        23.39 (12.21)
  8 Kyla Valls       17 Miami Swimming      23.48      23.57        
    r:+0.74  11.49        23.57 (12.08)
 1 CANY  'B'                     1:37.17    1:32.48        
     1) Abbey Weitzeil 19             2) r:+0.38 Katherine Wagner 18  
     3) r:+0.30 Sophia Morici 16      4) r:+0.30 Courtney Skelley 18  
    r:+0.69  21.28        44.00 (22.72)
        1:08.27 (24.27)     1:32.48 (24.21)
  2 AZOT                          1:35.19    1:34.67        
     1) Eva Merrell 16                2) r:+0.14 Molly McCance 15     
     3) r:+0.17 Katie Glavinovich 16  4) r:+0.46 Kate Krolikowski 16  
    r:+0.76  23.27        47.27 (24.00)
        1:10.98 (23.71)     1:34.67 (23.69)
  3 TPA                           1:33.24    1:35.20        
     1) Claire Maiocco 17             2) r:+0.23 Caroline White 18    
     3) r:+0.17 Grace Olivardia 16    4) r:+0.14 Isabella English 17  
    r:+0.74  23.53        47.35 (23.82)
        1:11.07 (23.72)     1:35.20 (24.13)
  4 MTAC                          1:37.43    1:36.34        
     1) Sarah Thompson 17             2) r:+0.26 Ali MacQueen 18      
     3) r:+0.28 Abby Bowers 16        4) r:+0.45 Hayley Lambert 13    
    r:+0.69  23.41        47.87 (24.46)
        1:12.28 (24.41)     1:36.34 (24.06)
  5 GWSC                          1:38.22    1:38.06        
     1) Sydney Rouse 15               2) r:+0.32 Samantha Le 16       
     3) r:+0.19 Alyson Mendez 17      4) r:+0.37 Nora Deleske 17      
    r:+0.69  24.34        48.98 (24.64)
        1:13.78 (24.80)     1:38.06 (24.28)
  6 AZOT  'B'                     1:38.65    1:38.29        
     1) Samantha Pearson 14           2) r:+0.25 Nicole Lin 17        
     3) r:+0.55 Princess Ferguuyen 17 4) r:+0.33 Riley Lexvold 14     
    r:+0.76  24.55        48.91 (24.36)
        1:13.75 (24.84)     1:38.29 (24.54)
 -- CANY                          1:32.29         DQ        
     1) Nikol Popov 16                2) r:+0.20 Alexa Skorus-Neely 16
     3) r:-0.03 Kaila Wong 16         4) r:+0.27 Victoria Kirshner 16 
    r:+0.70  23.55        47.02 (23.47)
        1:10.86 (23.84)          DQ (23.95)
4 Comments

4 comments

  1. avatar
    Bil Bell

    hen Jackson swam that 21.27 leading off the Mildcats’ 200 fre relay @ Texas A&M seven years ago she had the advantage of the now-banned fullbody suit.

    Her reaction time was more than .30 quicker than Weitzei’s (0.35 vs. 0.69) so if Abbey can get off the blocks a tad quicker she should go faster than Caeleb Dressel’s 18.23 men’s record (in my — and her– dreams!)

    • avatar
      John Swift

      Huh

    • avatar
      Griffin Scott

      .30 reaction time? That seems wrong, I thought Vald Morozov had the fastest reaction time ever with a .42

  2. avatar
    Swimmer Sam

    Why isn’t she swimming in college? Seems she’d have a better training atmosphere and swimmers to train with?

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