Abbey Weitzeil sets American Record in 100 Free; Beryl Gastaldello Downs Two French Marks

Abbey Weitzeil (photo: Mike Lewis)
LA Condors' Abbey Weitzeil, right, and Beryl Gastaldello; Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS

Abbey Weitzeil clocked in at 51.26 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle at ISL Match 10 on Tuesday, taking the American record in the event.

It erases, by a huge margin, the standing record of 51.63 set by Mallory Comerford, dating to the 2018 Short-Course Worlds in Hangzhou, China. Weitzeil went out in 24.43, the fastest in the field, and came back in 26.83, only the third-fastest of the heat.

On Monday, Weitzeil laid claim to the American record in the 50 free in 23.45.

Weitzeil finished second in the event, falling behind LA Current teammate Beryl Gastaldello. The Frenchwoman clocked in at 51.16 seconds, undercutting her own national record. She entered the season holding the mark at 51.45, then went 51.30 in ISL Match 5.

Gastaldello’s 100 free time is the second-fastest in ISL this season, trailing only the 51.14 put down by Siobhan Haughey. Weitzeil is up to fourth, behind Sarah Sjostrom at 51.17.

Later, Gastaldello added a French record in the 100 individual medley, her time 57.43. It’s also an ISL record, usurping the 57.74 of Sjostrom this year, the first that the event has been contested in ISL.

It was another 1-2 for the Current, with Anastasia Gorbenko in second place .47 seconds back.