Something is in the air in California today, National High School records are dropping like crazy! First it was Connor Hoppe, then it was Ally Howe, now it’s Katie McLaughlin and Abbey Weitzeil.
Abbey Weitzeil dropped a bomb in the finals of the 50 freestyle at the 2014 CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, winning the 50 freestyle with a 21.98. That swim leaves her tied for 15th in the world this year according the TYR World Rankings. More significantly, she broke the National Public High School record by .01 seconds. The previous record holder, Olivia Smoliga, set the record at 21.99 in 2012. She is also ahead of the current private school record, making her the overall high school record holder.
One record would have been impressive enough, but she was hungry for more. Weitzeil won the 100 freestyle with another national public high school record, posting a time of 47.91. That lowers the previous record of 48.15 set by Dagny Knutson in 2009. She is also ahead of Missy Franklin’s national private school record of 48.32, making her the overall high school record holder in this event as well.
Weitzeil, a high school junior, still has another year to lower these records even further. If she wasn’t on every college coaches radar before today, she will be now. She is also the 2013 junior national champion in the 50 freestyle, where she won with a time of 22.29 after swimming through prelims with a time of 22.02.
Shortly after posting the original article, Abbey Weitzeil was back in the water, leading off Saugus High School’s 400 freestyle relay. She led off with a 47.82 split, lowering the National High School Record even further.