Video Interview: High School Sprint Queen Abbey Weitzeil Breaks 50, 100 Free Records

RIVERSIDE, California, May 18. LAST night, Saugas’ Abbey Weitzeil had the most impressive sprint outing from any high school female ever at the CIF Southern Section Championships…and Swimming World was there!

Swimming World correspondent Griffin Scott had the chance to talk to Weitzeil following her epic evening.

Weitzel blitzed the field with a 47.91 (22.95, 24.96), breaking the national high school record in the process. The time beat the overall and public school record of 48.15 set by Dagny Knutson while swimming prelims for Minot High in 2009.

Missy Franklin’s 48.39 on relay duty will stand as the independent school mark as she set for Regis Jesuit in 2010.

Weitzeil picked off the 100-yard free record for the second time in the session, when she lowered it even further as the 400 free relay leadoff for Saugus. She blasted her way to an unreal time of 47.82 (22.79, 25.03).

Meanwhile, Weitzeil also set the 50-yard free record with a 21.98 earlier in the evening. That effort beat the 21.99 set by Glenbrook South’s Olivia Smoliga in 2012. Maddy Schaefer’s 22.24 for St. Francis High in 2010 will remain the independent school mark.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

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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