Abbey Weitzeil Scares 50-Yard Free American Record

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Canyons’ Abbey Weitzeil turned up the heat this morning in the women’s 50-yard free at the 2016 American Short Course Championships.

Weitzeil threw down a scorching fast time of 21.42.  That’s not far off Lara Jackson’s American record of 21.27 set as a relay leadoff for Arizona during the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

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

Jackson, Simone Manuel (21.32), Farida Osman (21.32) and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (21.34) are the only swimmers faster.

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.

Weitzeil will be looking to cut some more time during finals tonight.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   19 CANY                21.68      21.42 qA     
    r:+0.68  10.28        21.42 (11.14)
  2 Stanzi Moseley   17 CANY                22.11      22.39 qB     
    r:+0.70  10.94        22.39 (11.45)
  3 Jessica Hardy    28 GWSC                22.45      22.83 qB     
    r:+0.72  11.10        22.83 (11.73)
  4 Katherine Wagne  18 CANY                23.07      23.00 q      
    r:+0.73  11.07        23.00 (11.93)
  5 Eva Merrell      16 AZOT                22.71      23.19 q      
    r:+0.78  11.34        23.19 (11.85)
  6 Hannah Rogers    22 UN                  22.58      23.24 q      
    r:+0.73  11.19        23.24 (12.05)
  7 Lauren Green     17 UNQSS               23.00      23.25 q      
    r:+0.76  11.33        23.25 (11.92)
  8 Kyla Valls       17 Miami Swimming      23.72      23.48 q      
    r:+0.73  11.53        23.48 (11.95)
2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Shawn Clark Sabo

    In finals she blew it out of the water. 21.12. Crazy insane goosebumps to be on deck and watch!

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