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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3 years ago

hmm vols WIN and you STILL find a way to make this race about someone else. Very disappointed in you, swimswam!

Reply to  FUNG FOO
3 years ago

Can’t believe you’re trying to make this about Tennessee when the Undertaker threw Mankind off of Hell in a Cell in 1998 and he plummeted 16 feet through an announcers table.

Reply to  FUNG FOO
3 years ago

You shouldn’t be. If you want to click over to the live recap, I’ve highlighted Tennessee’s performance. We do articles every time someone breaks a record. Even an unofficial record, like a fastest relay split.

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
3 years ago

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say the articles on all the records are appreciated. Some really amazing swims!

Reply to  Longhorn
3 years ago

Thanks 🙂

Reply to  FUNG FOO
3 years ago

Ewww what an ugly, hateful comment. Especially on a post about someone swimming the fastest 50 free in history and also injuring herself. Shame on you.

3 years ago

Hyperextended elbow.

Reply to  Bsswimc
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

Reply to  googoodoll
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

Let’s all just speculate here.

Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

What happened?

Reply to  Swimfan45
3 years ago

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

Reply to  Ragnar
3 years ago

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
Reply to  Snarky
3 years ago

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.”

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