The last major top-10 recruit in the nation on the girls’ side has made her choice official on National Signing Day. After keeping the swimming fandom in a state of suspense throughout the recruiting season, national high school record-holder Abbey Weitzel has signed on with the California Golden Bears.
She announced her decision via Twitter and Instagram Wednesday night, posting the above picture of her signing on with Cal along with this message:
“After a very tough decision, I have decided to become a Golden Bear! Super excited to join the Cal Family! #nationalsigningday #gobears”
Cal already had an outstanding class, and the addition of Weitzeil might just push them to the top of the nation. She’s an elite-tier sprinter already, with lifetime-bests of 21.98 and 47.59 in the 50 and 100. She holds national high school records in both and looks like the kind of immediate-impact sprint sensation that college programs covet.
Weitzeil’s value gets inflated even further by the NCAA’s double-point relay events. Weitzeil is great even up to the 200, and could be a legitimate fit on any of the 5 NCAA relay events. She’ll immediately give the Golden Bears another blue chip stud in the absence of Missy Franklin, who is expected to turn pro after this season.
Weitzeil’s Top Times
- 50 free: 21.98
- 100 free: 47.59
- 200 free: 1:45.59
- 500 free: 4:49.33
- 100 back: 54.63
- 100 fly: 55.23
Weitzeil’s a very solid swimmer through the sprint back and fly, too, though she’ll likely stick to freestyles primarily. Her lifetime-bests in the 50 and 100 free would have already garnered her All-America status last season, as Weitzeil would have taken 7th in the 50 and 5th in the 100 at the NCAA Championships.
Weitzeil comes from the Canyons Aquatic Club and Saugus High School. She’s probably a true #1-prospect in the nation for any class that doesn’t feature Katie Ledecky.
She’s also the fourth swimmer in the top 5 of our recruiting rankings to commit to Cal. (Others include #3 Kathleen Baker, #4 Katie McLaughlin and #5 Amy Bilquist). Though Ledecky is a huge get for Stanford (which also has IMer Ella Eastin in the top 10), the Weitzeil signing makes Cal’s class look awfully scary as the two Pac-12 rivals compete for the top recruiting class in the nation.