2019 W. NCAAs: Abbey Weitzeil Ties Fastest 50 Free Relay Split Ever


After setting the American record in the 50 free individually Thursday night at 21.02, Cal junior Abbey Weitzeil went 20.45 anchoring Cal’s second-place 200 medley relay Friday night.

Her split ties Simone Manuel‘s from Stanford’s 2019 medley relay.

Freshman Izzy Ivey took the race out in 24.07, then classmate Ema Rajic went 27.28 on breast, junior Maddie Murphy went 22.63 on fly, and then Weitzeil anchored in 20.45. The team took second overall to Tennessee.

The Vols’ Meghan Small took it out with a 24.05 back split, Nikol Popov took over with a 26.51 on the breast leg, while Maddy Banic turned in a 22.58 on the fly, and Erika Brown, the second-fastest 50 freestyler of all-time behind Weitzeil, went 20.98.

Weitzeil now owns four of the top five relay splits in history after going 20.49 Thursday night as well.

Top 10 Performers of All Time: SCY 50 Free Relay Split

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Abbey Weitzeil 20.45 (T-1)
2 Simone Manuel 20.45 (T-1)
3 Abbey Weitzeil 20.49
4 Abbey Weitzeil 20.57
5 Simone Manuel 20.78
6 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 20.8
7 Erika Brown 20.8
8 Erika Brown 20.81
9 Kelsi Worrell 20.84 (T-8)
10 Liz Li 20.84 (T-8)



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Will we hear from swim swam when we know about Abbeys arm?


Let’s all just speculate here.


What happened?


Jammed her arm when touched the wall, after a 20:45 anchor leg. So very very hard


Reminds me of Neil Walker after he led off Texas medley in 44.96. Broken hand. Hope not because Abby is swimming so well n

Woke Stasi

If I recall correctly, after Walker broke his hand, he missed the last day of the meet but was still chosen “swimmer of the meet.”


Womans not supposed ta swim so fast.
Tennessee Lady Vols are the most amazing ever!


There’s a reason Cal is leading the meet right now…


Hyperextended elbow.


I should clarify. That is my assumption. I have seen it happen 2 different times at the finish. It is painful!

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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