High School Sprint Queen Abbey Weitzeil Chooses California


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SAUGUS – Abbey Weitzeil, the high school sprint queen with national high school records in both the 50-yard free and 100-yard free, has chosen the California Golden Bears.

Weitzeil made her intentions known tonight via Instagram while signing her National Letter of Intent to join California.

Photo Courtesy: Abbey Weitzeil

Photo Courtesy: Abbey Weitzeil

While swimming for Saugas High School in California this past high school season, Weitzeil became the high school sprint queen by lowering both the 50-yard free and 100-yard free national high school records.

Weitzeil posted a 21.98 in the 50-yard free and a 47.82 in the 100-yard free as a leadoff.

Weitzeil has been equally impressive in long course competition, training with Coley Stickels at Canyons Aquatic Club, with a 24.80 in the 50-meter free and a 54.38 in the 100-meter free from this summer. Her 50-meter free time stood as the 17-18 National Age Group record for a bit before Simone Manuel laid waste to it with a 24.56.

While Weitzeil’s sprint prowess makes her one of the most coveted recruits in the nation, she still has some range with some strong times in the 200 free and 100 back.  She holds a 1:45.49 in the 200-yard free and a 2:01.62 in the 200-meter free.  She also posted a 54.63 in the 100-yard back. And, she still has an entire season to lower those times.

Weitzeil also participated in the Pan Pacific Championships, swimming alongside Simone Manuel in the 100-meter free in Gold Coast, Australia. She’s already made the U.S. roster in the 400 free relay at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and will also be part of the 2015 World University Games.

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8 years ago

She, Stanford ‘s Simone Manuel plus Georgia’s defending NCAA 50 free champ (Olivia Smoliga) could have some interesting battles at the collegiate title-meet in a couple of years; and one/all could — SHOULD– be on plane to Tokyo in ’20 (not to mention maybe Rio and wherever the ’17 and ’19 Worlds will be held.)

U.S. women’s sprinting is looking good and if Missy starts swimming 200 free lcm seriously that wr will soon be on her resume.

Jason V
8 years ago

That is smoking fast! Cal gets a good one.