Abbey Weitzeil Blitzes 100-Yard Free Prelims With 3rd-Fastest Time Ever

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Canyons’ Abbey Weitzeil has certainly had herself a nice meet at the 2016 American Short Course Championships in Austin.

A day after crushing the 50-yard free American record, she put herself in position to capture the 100-yard free record as well.

This morning, Weitzeil went out two tenths under Simone Manuel’s American-record pace before struggling a bit in the final 10 yards en route to a 46.47.

Regardless, that is still the third-fastest time ever, behind only Manuel’s American record of 46.09 from the 2015 NCAA Championships and Weitzeil’s personal best of 46.29 from the 2014 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals.

Weitzeil broke the pool record of 46.82 set by Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace while swimming for Auburn during the 2011 NCAA Championships.

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.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   19 CANY                47.05      46.47 qA     
    r:+0.70  10.50        22.11 (11.61)
          34.20 (12.09)       46.47 (12.27)
  2 Stanzi Moseley   17 CANY                48.14      48.71 qB     
    r:+0.69  10.98        23.08 (12.10)
          35.84 (12.76)       48.71 (12.87)
  3 Eva Merrell      16 AZOT                49.04      50.04 q      
    r:+0.77  11.38        24.09 (12.71)
          37.16 (13.07)       50.04 (12.88)
  4 Kate Krolikowsk  16 AZOT                51.28      50.35 q      
    r:+0.69  11.60        24.22 (12.62)
          37.34 (13.12)       50.35 (13.01)
  5 Lauren Green     17 UNQSS               49.99      50.56 q      
    r:+0.70  11.41        24.13 (12.72)
          37.39 (13.26)       50.56 (13.17)
  6 Kyla Valls       17 Miami Swimming      50.42      50.65 q      
    r:+0.74  11.64        24.56 (12.92)
          37.97 (13.41)       50.65 (12.68)
  7 Victoria Navarr  16 Bch Heatwave        51.69      50.98 q      
    r:+0.71  11.68        24.73 (13.05)
          37.99 (13.26)       50.98 (12.99)
  8 Katherine Wagne  18 CANY                50.37      51.05 q      
    r:+0.72  11.32        23.99 (12.67)
          37.68 (13.69)       51.05 (13.37)
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Author: Jason Marsteller

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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