2019 W. NCAAs: Abbey Weitzeil Hits Fastest 50 Free in History – 21.02


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

Place Swimmer Time
1 Abbey Weitzeil 21.02
2 Erika Brown 21.15
3 Simone Manuel 21.17
4 Olivia Smoliga 21.21
5 Lara Jackson 21.27
6 Liz Li 21.28
7 Farida Osman 21.32
8 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 21.34
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

Place Swimmer Time
1 Abbey Weitzeil 21.02
2 Abbey Weitzeil 21.12
3 Erika Brown 21.15
4 Abbey Weitzeil 21.16
5 Simone Manuel 21.17
6 Simone Manuel 21.18
7 Simone Manuel 21.20
8 Olivia Smoliga 21.21
9 Erika Brown 21.23
10 Abbey Weitzeil 21.24

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Wow! So close to under 21! Amazing for our sport!


Incredible amazing phenomenal bombastic holy cow, what a swim. Makes a 45 something 100 not out of the question, her best time in that is back from 2014. This is the year it goes down!


Nevertheless, she persisted.




always persist to make dreams come true …..

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