Abbey Weitzeil Earns Rio Berth with 100 Freestyle US Open Record

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In tonight’s 100 freestyle final Abbey Weitzeil was .07 ahead of Simone Manuel at the 50 meter mark and the two touched in first and second at the finish. Weitzeil became a first time Olympian in 53.28. That time is a new U.S. Open record, .02 faster than Cate Campbell swam in 2008.

After also skipping college competition this year, Manuel is also finally Rio bound with an individual swim and a spot on the 400 freestyle relay. Tonight she posted a 53.52.

American record holder Amanda Weir finished third in 53.75, good for a spot on the relay. Lia Neal was a 2012 Olympian on this relay. She’ll join her Stanford teammate Manuel with a fourth place finish of 53.77.

Allison Schmitt touched fifth in 53.87. Dana Vollmer finished second earlier in the week in the 100 butterfly. Tonight she was sixth in 53.92. Fellow 100 butterflier Kelsi Worrell swam a 54.06 for eighth tonight.

Katie Ledecky swam a seventh placed 53.99 on the shortest distance of her program.

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  1. avatar
    Robert Parker

    Extremely proud and excited for the Saugus alum. Go get’em in Rio…

  2. avatar

    Anyone knows what happened with US Open mark set by Sjöström on January 15, 2016 at Arena Pro Swim in Austin? She swam 53.12 and SMW posted “Sarah Sjostrom Cracks U.S. Open Mark in 100 Free in Austin”…

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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