Abbey Weitzeil Out for Final Day of Pac-12 Championships, Cal Confirms

Photo Courtesy: Chuckarelei / Pac-12

Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil will not compete in any events Saturday, including relays, at the women’s Pac-12 championships in Federal Way, Wash. Cal spokesman Herb Benenson confirmed the news to Swimming World in an email Saturday afternoon.

“Abbey is not feeling well and will not compete today to allow her to rest and recover in order to be ready to swim at the NCAA Championships in three weeks.”

Earlier in the meet, Weitzeil had finished third in the 50 free in 21.29 and swam on three second-place relays for the Golden Bears. But the freshman faded to eighth in the 200 free Friday night and then laid on the pool deck for several minutes before she got up and walked off with coaches and trainers. She has not raced since.

Weitzeil was scheduled to swim in lane four of heat eight for the 100 free prelims Saturday morning, but her lane was empty. Cal’s 400 free relay will also proceed without the Olympian’s services.

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Jonna Waller

    Happy she will take rest now to recover fully. It’s so important. Sacrifice now to be at 100% in three weeks. Clever girl.

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    she was the next swimmer on my list to photograph. then came race time, i noticed the lane was empty and the scoreboard said ‘dns’ next to her name. did not know what was going on, until just now. well, fans loss. 🙁

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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