Ryan Hoffer, Abbey Weitzeil Sprint To Top of 50 Free High School All-Americans List

Ryan Hoffer
Photo Courtesy: Melissa Lundie

The future of American sprinting was on display in the 2014-2015 high school season, as the list of high school All-Americans in the 50 freestyle was highlighted by record-setting performances by Ryan Hoffer and Abbey Weitzeil.

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Hoffer, just a sophomore at Chaparral High School, continues to make major strides in the event, posting a 19.53 at the Arizona Division I high school championships last November. The time was Hoffer’s best in the event, and set a USA Swimming national age group record. With two years of high school swimming remaining, we could see Hoffer threaten Caeleb Dressel’s national high school record of 19.29. One month after the Arizona championships, Hoffer swam faster in the 50 free at the USA Swimming junior nationals, winning with a 19.38, so the high school record is definitely in reach.

Ryan Hoffer’s 19.53 in 50 freestyle

Hoffer wasn’t the only swimmer under the 20-second barrier this past high school season. Albert Gwo, a junior from Los Altos High School, posted a 19.90 at the inaugural California state high school championships for second place nationally. Kyle Decoursey, a senior at Zionsville Community High, nearly joined Hoffer and Gwo under the magical barrier with a 20.08.

The top eight in the 50 freestyle was close, with just five hundredths of a second separating fourth through eighth. Kalvin Koethke and Edward Moss tied for eighth place with matching times of 20.18.

Boys 50 Freestyle National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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Weitzeil continued to amaze in the 50 freestyle, and not just on the high school scene. Last December, she posted a lifetime best 21.49 leading off a relay at the USA Swimming junior nationals just a week or so after competing at the short course world championships.

She finished off her high school swimming career by lowering her own national high school record down to a 21.64 at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section championships. Though not her best time, she established a new high school record that will be tough to beat.

Abbey Weitzeil’s 21.64 in 50 freestyle

No one else was able to crack 22 seconds in the 50 free, which is a major barrier to break in high school swimming. But Carmel High School in Indiana is celebrating second and third place in the national rankings. Amy Bilquist ranks second with an impressive 22.15 from the Indiana state championships, while Veronica Burchill’s 22.29 stands third.

Girls 50 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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Tom Visser
8 years ago

Hannah Visser, 21.69. You can do that, right?

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