100 Freestyle High School All-Americans Led By Abbey Weitzeil, Ryan Hoffer

Abbey Weitzeil high school
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Another national high school record from Abbey Weitzeil led a strong field of high school All-Americans on the girls side, while Ryan Hoffer barely earned his second national No. 1 ranking with a strong swim to lead the boys’ rankings.

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Weitzeil broke the 100 free record four times at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section meet, first swimming a 47.53 in the 100 free prelims then a 47.42 leading off Saugus High School’s 400 free relay. In finals, Weitzeil took the record even further with a 47.33 to win the 100 free, then a blazing 47.09 on the 400 free relay leadoff leg.

Abbey Weitzeil’s 47.09 10 freestyle

Weitzeil’s best time is 46.29, but her national record remains a major benchmark for high school swimmers to reach in the coming years.

As was the case in the 50 free, Carmel High School posted the second- and third-fastest times in the nation in the 100 free. Amy Bilquist won the 100 free with a 48.36 at the Indiana state championships, while Veronica Burchill’s 48.48 was swum as a leadoff on Carmel’s historic 400 freestyle relay. She was followed by three others under 49 seconds: Santa Margarita’s Katie McLaughlin (48.69), Fossil Ridge High School’s Lauren Pitzer (48.72) and Caroline McTaggart of Holton Arms School (48.75).

Girls 100 Freestyle National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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Hoffer, a sophomore at Chaparral High School, was the class of the field in the boys 100 freestyle – but not by much. Five swimmers broke 44 seconds in the event to create one of the fastest top-eight rankings in high school history, led by Hoffer’s 43.20 at the Arizona Division I state championships.

Michael Jensen of Upper Dublin High School sits second nationally with his 43.29 from the Pennsylvania state meet, while Granada High School’s Maxime Rooney takes third place with a 43.58.

Connor Stirling of Cactus Shadows High School benefitted from Hoffer’s strong wake at the Arizona state meet, placing second there with a 43.88 to place fourth nationally. Greg Bracato of LaSalle College Prep was also under 44 seconds with a 43.91.

Ryan Hoffer, Connor Stirling go 1-2 at Arizona state championships

Boys 100 Freestyle National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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2014-15 NISCA Girls High School All-Americans

2014-15 NISCA Boys High School All-Americans

NOTE: In order to be considered for All America selection, swimmers must qualify with a time standard and an application must be submitted to NISCA. See the NISCA website (www.niscaonline.org) for more information about time standards and application submission. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact: boysswaa@niscaonline.org; Girls Swimming contact: girlsswaa@niscaonline.org; Boys and Girls Diving contact: aadiving@niscaonline.org

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