2019 WOMEN’S DIVISION I NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 20th – Saturday, March 23rd
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center — Austin, Texas
- Prelims 9 a.m./Finals 5 p.m. (Central Time)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Full livestream schedule
Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil set the 50 free American record three years ago during her redshirt year but hadn’t been able to match that time in her past three NCAA seasons. She saw the NCAA record go to Stanford’s Simone Manuel in 2017 (21.17) and Tennessee’s Erika Brown last month (21.15), all the while leaving her 21.12 American record untouched – until Thursday night in Austin.
Weitzeil reset both the NCAA, American, and US Open marks by a wide margin in her third NCAA Championships. She was out 10.08 to the foot, then 10.94 coming home, to touch first in 21.02. Brown took second place in 21.23 and Louisville’s Mallory Comerford third in 21.49.
Just before this swim, Weitzeil was 20.49 on Cal’s record-setting 200 free relay – the N0. 2 split in history behind Manuel’s 20.45. Fittingly, Manuel was in the house to watch Weitzeil’s swims.
Weitzeil, Manuel, and Brown now combine to own nine of the top-10 fastest performances in history.
Top 10 Performers of All Time: Women’s SCY 50 Free
|9||Natalie Coughlin||21.48 (T-9)|
|10||Caroline Baldwin||21.48 (T-9)|
|10||Liv Jensen||21.48 (T-9)|
Top 10 Performances of All Time: Women’s SCY 50 Free