UPDATE: Weitzeil a DFS in 200 FR with Arm Injury, TBD for Rest of the Meet

2020 PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

UPDATE 2: Weitzeil was seen on deck wearing a sling Friday night during finals. According to Cal Head Coach Teri McKeever, she hyper-extended her arm on the finish of the 50 freestyle last night.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Cal has confirmed that Weitzeil injured her arm on the finish of the 50 free last night. She will be evaluated session-by-session to determine her status for the rest of the meet.

After a record-breaking performance in the 50 free on day 1, Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil declared a false start in the 200 free in Friday prelims. Weitzeil was also noticeably absent on the 200 free relay last night, though Cal still won that race by a large margin. That came shortly after Weitzeil set the Pac-12 Meet Record in the 50 free with the 3rd fastest swim in history.

Weitzeil is the only swimmer in the Pac-12 who has broken 1:43 this season. She came into the meet with a season-best 1:42.25. Cal will still have Robin Neumann in the championship heat, but missing the defending champion is a setback for the Bears.

SwimSwam has reached out to a Cal spokesperson for comment.

Cal is currently running 2nd behind Stanford, with USC just 40 points behind. The Trojans also had a setback this morning, as 2nd-seed Laticia Transom, one of the favorites to win this race, was disqualified in prelims. Transom had the fastest split of the field on the 800 free relay. UPDATE: Transom’s DQ has been overturned.

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Swim
1 year ago

I think something happened in that 50, you could tell in her interview. Hope she’s alright

spectatorn
Reply to  Swim
1 year ago

what did she say in the interview?

Admin
Reply to  spectatorn
1 year ago

It was more that she was rubbing her arm. I don’t think she actually mentioned it.

spectatorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

thanks!
hope some rest is all she needed. She has been swimming so well this year.

Mamba4ever
Reply to  Swim
1 year ago

I heard Kobe shot free throws on a torn Achilles… what does this pac 12 meet mean to her??

CraigH
Reply to  Mamba4ever
1 year ago

Probably less than NCAAs in two weeks

Woke Stasi
Reply to  CraigH
1 year ago

And NCAAs mean less to her than Oly Trials, I would imagine.

Happy recovery, AW!

Jim C
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

And the Olympics themselves would mean even more, if there are Olympics this year. She figures to be at least a relay swimmer.

He Gets It Done Again
1 year ago

I’m having deja vu. Didn’t this happen before? I mean damn, that girl finishes HARD 💪

swimgeek
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
1 year ago

yes at NCAAs last March

;dhssda
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
1 year ago

Dont worry Abbey I have just had a flare up in a shoulder injury too. Just take care of yourself

Lbswim
Reply to  ;dhssda
1 year ago

Lol

Swim4fun
1 year ago

Again?! Hope it’s not serious and she recovers for NCAA and trials

Billy Howard
1 year ago

Watching the video (especially the overhead view), you can see that she locks her elbow and doesn’t absorb any of her momentum, so it all drives straight back up the arm through the wrist and shoulder. It looked painful. It looked like she grabbed her wrist at the very end.

Dudeman
Reply to  Billy Howard
1 year ago

I noticed the same thing, her arm was locked out but she slammed right into the wall. I was more impressed she got a straight arm stroke over in the little distance she had left, I thought she would have glided based on how far from the wall she was on the second-to-last stroke

swimgeek
Reply to  Billy Howard
1 year ago

Dressel and most sprinters spin 180 degrees to their back immediately after the touch to absorb that impact/speed. Sprinters are going so fast now that this is something you need to plan for — can you imagine if 100-meter sprinters in running had to hit a solid wall at the finish?!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

It’s primarily for maximum extension, not to absorb the impact. Those sprinters can bench 250lbs easily, do overhead presses, snatches and the rest. The impact of the wall at 4 mph isn’t going to phase them. You finish with your shoulders square to the wall, and you’re gonna lose. Just like touching a basketball rim is easier with one hand than both. They’re taught to finish so their back hits the wall. She must have really hyperextensible elbows that don’t keep the joint and arm in alignment on contact with the wall.

OG Prodigy
1 year ago

Huge respects, full send every time! Wishing her a speedy recovery

DravenOP
1 year ago

Video doesn’t look great. Hope she can get better. Looking forward to seeing crazy times in March from her.

Aquajosh
1 year ago

Damn, can she catch a break??

Nswim
1 year ago

She’s so fast the human body hasn’t evolved to keep up with her

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