Abbey Weitzeil Destroys Own American Record in 50 Free at ISL

Abby Weitzeil
Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

LA Current rookie Abbey Weitzeil, fresh off a successful career at Cal Berkeley, broke her own American record in the 50 freestyle SCM at ISL match 10 with a 23.45 to lower her own 23.79 from October 24. The swim put her third in the ISL rankings thus far this season behind only Kasia Wasick and Sarah Sjostrom as she won handily over Current teammate Beryl Gastaldello and Olivia Smoliga of the Cali Condors.

Weitzeil now sits ninth all-time, passing the Danish duo of Pernille Blume and Jeanette Ottesen who were tied at 23.49.

Abbey Weitzeil was the first woman to break 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle in short course yards and was expected to finish her amateur career with a bang at the 2020 NCAAs before the meet was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Weitzeil was going to be at the center of the most anticipated race of the entire meet, lining up alongside Erika Brown and Anna Hopkin, who could have joined her in the sub-21 club, but swimming fans were robbed of that opportunity to see the three fastest women in yards race against each other.

Weitzeil got the upperhand over Brown and Hopkin as all three are making their professional debuts with the ISL, with Weitzeil finishing ahead of Brown (24.34) and Hopkin (24.41) in this particular race in Budapest.

All-Time Rankings (Women’s 50 Free SCM)

  1. 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 2017
  2. 23.00, Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 2017
  3. 23.19, Cate Campbell, AUS, 2017
  4. 23.25, Marleen Veldhuis, NED, 2008
  5. 23.27, Therese Alshammar, SWE, 2009
  6. 23.30, Kasia Wasick, POL, 2020
  7. 23.32, Hinkelien Schreuder, NED, 2009
  8. 23.44, Fran Halsall, GBR, 2009
  9. 23.45, Abbey Weitzeil, USA, 2020
  10. 23.49, Pernille Blume, DEN, 2017
  11. 23.49, Jeanette Ottesen, DEN, 2015

Race Results

  1. 23.45, Abbey Weitzeil, LAC
  2. 23.78, Beryl Gastaldello, LAC
  3. 24.05, Olivia Smoliga, CAC
  4. 24.28, Freya Anderson, LON
  5. 24.34, Erika Brown, CAC
  6. 24.41, Anna Hopkin, LON
  7. 24.55, Lidon Munoz
  8. 24.59, Etiene Medeiros