PHOENIX, Arizona, July 11. THE 2013-14 high school season witnessed the crowning of a new Sprint King and Queen as Clay’s Caeleb Dressel and Saugus’ Abbey Weitzeil each broke their respective national high school records in the 50-yard free. Those times are reflected in a blistering fast set of National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American lists.
Dressel became a superstar in high school sprinting when he took the national high school record down to a sizzling 19.29 as the leadoff of Clay’s 200-yard free relay at the Florida 2A Championships. He had entered the meet with the record after clocking an in-season 19.36. But, he had more in him.
What’s more amazing is that Dressel had more in the tank just a month later while swimming on the club circuit at the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals. He became the first person 18-and-under to break 19 seconds with a stunning time of 18.94 while swimming for the Bolles Sharks in Greensboro.
Here’s video of that amazing swim:
Weitzeil, swimming at the CIF Southern Sectional Championships, broke the 22-second barrier for the first time with a scorching time of 21.98. That effort came during the same session she broke the 100-yard free national high school record twice. Her 21.98 clipped the previous record of 21.99 set by Swimming World’s High School Swimmer of the Year Olivia Smoliga in 2012 while swimming for Glenbrook South.
Dressel and Weitzeil are definitely stars in the making within the sport, as they continue to get better and better each time out. However, sprinting at the high school level has rarely been this deep, as one can see by checking out the top 8 in the event on the NISCA All-American lists. Freshman Ryan Hoffer finished second to Dressel with a 19.55, while Weitzeil will have another shot at her record in 2015 as a junior.
Boys 50 free Top 8
1, :19.29, Caeleb Dressel (12), Clay High School
2, :19.55, Ryan Hoffer (9), Chaparral High School
3, :19.76, Ryan Held (12), Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
4, :19.83, Jacob Molacek (12), Creighton Preparatory School
5, :19.89, Joseph Schooling (12), The Bolles School
6, :20.08, Justin Plaschka (12), Hauppuage High School
7, :20.14, Andrew Liang (12), Palo Alto High School
7, :20.14, Kevin Wylder (12), Granite Bay High School
Girls 50 free Top 8
1, :21.98, Abbey Weitzeil (11), Saugus High School
2, :22.11, Janet Hu (12), Oakton High School
3, :22.15, Amy Bilquist (11), Carmel High School
4, :22.51, Bethany Galat (12), Penn High School
5, :22.66, Kasey Schmidt (11), The Bolles School
5, :22.66, Mimi Schneider (12), Fenwick High School
7, :22.68, Alex Cleveland (12), Zionsville Community High School
8, :22.69, Caitlin Cooper (12), Woodward Academy
2013-14 NISCA Girls High School All-Americans
2013-14 NISCA Boys High School All-Americans
NOTE: All America times have to be submitted to NISCA by a certain deadline in order to make the 2014 All-American list. Coaches can submit times here: http://www.niscaonline.org/aaswimming/. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact: email@example.com; Girls Swimming contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; Boys and Girls Diving contact: email@example.com
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