Abbey Weitzeil Slams Down American Record 21.02 in 50 Free at NCAAs

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California junior Abbey Weitzeil is on fire on Thursday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. After splitting the second fastest 50 free ever at 20.49 earlier in the night, Weitzeil swam a 21.02 to break her own American Record of 21.12 from 2016. Weitzeil also broke Erika Brown’s NCAA Record in the process as the latter was a 21.15 at SECs last month.

Weitzeil had held the American and US Open Record from the 2016 American Short Course Championships in this pool at the University of Texas as she finally beat that time three years later. This is Weitzeil’s first NCAA title individually as she sat behind Simone Manuel at the last two NCAAs in this event.

Weitzeil was able to beat Tennessee’s Brown as she placed second at 21.23 for the Lady Vols. The two swimmers will have one more year to go head to head at NCAAs in this event. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, swimming in the 50 free for the first time at NCAAs, placed third at 21.49. Comerford just out-touched Michigan freshman Maggie MacNeil (21.50).

Comerford moved up to 12th all-time in a tie with MacNeil. Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin (21.51) also moved up to 14th all-time with Cal’s Amy Bilquist (21.52) in 15th.

NC State’s Ky-lee Perry (21.57) and Kylee Alons (21.89) also swam in the A-Final.

Cal now has four NCAA titles in the 50 free. Weitzeil joins the likes of Conny Van Bentum (1985) and Liv Jensen (2010, 12) as winners of the event for the Golden Bears.

All-Time List

  1. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 21.02 (2019)
  2. Erika Brown, Tennessee, 21.15 (2019)
  3. Simone Manuel, Stanford, 21.17 (2017)
  4. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 21.21 (2016)
  5. Lara Jackson, Arizona, 21.27 (2009)
  6. Liz Li, Ohio State, 21.28 (2018)
  7. Farida Osman, Cal, 21.32 (2016)
  8. Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Auburn, 21.34 (2011)
 Event 5  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
         NCAA: I 21.15  20-Feb-19 Erika Brown, Tennessee
         Meet: M 21.17  16-Mar-17 Simone Manuel, Stanford
     American: A 21.12  05-Mar-16 Abbey Weitzel, Canyons Aquatics
      US Open: O 21.12  05-Mar-16 Abbey Weitzel, Canyons Aquatics
         Pool: P 21.12  05-Mar-16 Abbey Weitzeil
                 21.74  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 22.76  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   JR California          21.24      21.02A        20  
    r:+0.61  10.08        21.02 (10.94)
  2 Erika Brown      JR Tennessee           21.30      21.23         17  
    r:+0.67  10.36        21.23 (10.87)
  3 Mallory Comerfo  SR Louisville          21.64      21.49         16  
    r:+0.63  10.41        21.49 (11.08)
  4 Maggie MacNeil   FR Michigan            21.49      21.50         15  
    r:+0.65  10.41        21.50 (11.09)
  5 Anna Hopkin      FR Arkansas            21.63      21.51         14  
    r:+0.65  10.40        21.51 (11.11)
  6 Amy Bilquist     SR California          21.60      21.52         13  
    r:+0.66  10.41        21.52 (11.11)
  7 Ky-lee Perry     JR NC State            21.66      21.57         12  
    r:+0.67  10.36        21.57 (11.21)
  8 Kylee Alons      FR NC State            21.87      21.89         11  
    r:+0.63  10.57        21.89 (11.32)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 5                 
  1. Stanford                        135.5   2. California                        131
  3. Michigan                           97   4. Louisville                         72
  5. Southern Cali                      65   6. Texas                              64
  7. Tennessee                          59   8. NC State                           56
  9. Virginia                           44   9. Wisconsin                          44
  9. Texas A&M                          44  12. Auburn                             40
 13. Minnesota                          32  14. Arizona                          30.5
 15. Georgia                            28  16. Kentucky                         27.5
 17. Arizona St                         25  18. Ohio St                            18
 19. Duke                               16  20. Missouri                           14
 20. Arkansas                           14  22. South Carolina                   13.5
 23. Indiana                            11  24. Florida                             2
 24. UNC                                 2
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Stephen Paul
5 years ago

yet rowdy babbled on about how she almost broke 21

shut up 21.02 is amazing

Nadine Gibbons Kelly
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Paul

Stephen right!

Chris Swee
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Paul

I thought someone in here would make a crack about missing 20 point. Didn’t realize Rowdy beat the comment section to the point.

Kara Muscillo
5 years ago

Karen Berkes Graeber Kim Pfarrer DiJoseph
Jane Ehret
Alie Son
Samantha Granan
DAMN!!! That’s moving!

Karin Knudson O'Connell

Congratulations Abby! Go Bears!

Kelly Selch Zancanaro
5 years ago

Go Abbey!!!

Tichler Krisztián
5 years ago

it’s yard, not meter!!!

Tichler Krisztián
5 years ago

and a 25 yard pool

Bree McCormack
5 years ago

Tichler Krisztián all competitive swimming is done in meters actually.

Eric Farm
5 years ago

Tichler Krisztián NCAA is a collegiate meet in the US. It’s only swam in 25 yard pools

Joe Brandt
5 years ago

Wowzers Sweeet, Congratulations

Eric P Johnson
5 years ago

Wicked fast

Jennifer Huffman
5 years ago


Beth Navin Duffy
5 years ago

Congratulations!! That is so amazing!!

Susan L. Lansbury
5 years ago

wow!!! 2020 callin’!

Katy Dean
5 years ago


Jessie Jordan
5 years ago

Nick Lucash

Bree McCormack
5 years ago

Jenn Lloyd holy shit hey. The fastest i clocked at my peak was 29.89 hahahaha

Jenn Lloyd
5 years ago
Reply to  Bree McCormack

Bree McCormack haha right I think I was like 31 or something like that!!

JJ Patton
5 years ago

Leah Patton wow!!!

Ian Quinn
5 years ago

Julia Zoe

Zoe Kurtz
5 years ago
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Vicki Armstrong O'Neal

Brian O’Neal look at the girls times now. Wow!!!

Bonnie Downes Ellis
5 years ago


Teri Mortimer Lavo
5 years ago

Congratulations Abbey!!!

Vicki Armstrong O'Neal

Brian O’Neal look at the girls times now. Wow!!!

Joanne Saul-Zachau
5 years ago

Wow! Congratulations

Julius Dudash
5 years ago

Abby Dudash wow!

Jenny Kuan
5 years ago

Paklon Ng Choi Nok In

Choi Nok In
5 years ago
Reply to  Jenny Kuan

Jenny Kuan lol

Paklon Ng
5 years ago
Reply to  Jenny Kuan

Jenny Kuan jesus

Tino van Nieuwburg
5 years ago

Savannah Jade

Savannah Jade
5 years ago

Tino van Nieuwburg holy god that’s fast

Alice Elouise
5 years ago

Will Condron

Thomas A. Small
5 years ago


Teri Flynn
5 years ago

Micki Morahn Mark Killion Julie Bower Anderson Nicole Kramer Doug Tennant

Micki Morahn
5 years ago
Reply to  Teri Flynn

WOW. Can’t wait to see what Lilly King does.

Mark Killion
5 years ago
Reply to  Teri Flynn

These ladies can get to it! I’m with Micki about being excited to see Lilly.

Doug Tennant
5 years ago

That’s insanely fast!

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