Abbey Weitzeil crushes American 100 free record with 46.29 leadoff leg at Winter Juniors

She’s been a relay hero all weekend, but Abbey Weitzeil saved her best swim for last at the 2014 Winter Junior Nationals.

The Canyons Aquatic Club senior smashed her way through the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay to smash the 17-18 NAG record, the American record and the U.S. Open record in the 100 free.

Weitzeil was a blistering 46.29 leading off that relay, her straight-arm stroke screaming along on top of the water faster than any swimmer in history.

She takes down the previous American record set by Simone Manuel just last month at 46.62, not just sneaking under the mark but absolutely crushing it.

Weitzeil also shatters the U.S. Open record, which tracks the fastest swim ever done on U.S. soil. That one was held by Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace at 46.61. Weitzeil now unifies both records at 46.29.

The future Cal Golden Bear was untouchable in the back half of her race, nearly closing in a 23-second split. Her full splits, along with Manuel’s splits from her most recent record, are below:

  • Weitzeil: 22.29/24.00 – 46.29
  • Manuel: 22.50/24.12 – 46.62

As always, we have to note Weitzeil’s successes this meet have come in spite of an intercontinental flight she took from Doha, Qatar earlier this week. She scratched all of her individual races here, instead swimming just one relay a night, and that has seemed to be the magic formula, as she’s been nothing short of brilliant everytime she’s hit the water in Federal Way.

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Pvdh
7 years ago

If she can convert to lcm, australia might be in trouble in rio. Manuel will be 52.5 by then, weitzel could be around the same. Franklin and Romano around those two, and they could pull it off.

Tom
Reply to  Pvdh
7 years ago

I think it will be Franklin and Ledecky…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tom
7 years ago

exactly ! Romano since her clutch relays in Barcelona hasn’t shown anything special in the sprint field so far . Not reliable yet !

DDias
Reply to  Pvdh
7 years ago

I agree with you, just dont put the dutch divas and China out of the race.Heemskerk looks to be aging very well, still erasing small bits of time every year at 27years-old, and China have some youngsters like Shen Duo and Zhang Yufei(Only 16years-old, but she made 54.09 in her leg for China relay at Youth Olympics-Detail she made 57.95 for silver in 100fly(Youth Olympics) and got Bronze in World SC champs at 400free in 3:59,51!).

Either way, Franklin-Romano(Ledecky?)-Manuel-Weitzeil looks to be a sub 3:30 relay in Rio.

no1swimfreak
Reply to  Pvdh
7 years ago

Don’t count out Coughlin as the fourth member for that Rio relay! She split sub-53 in Barcelona and put up some great swims last weekend…

Shreds
Reply to  no1swimfreak
7 years ago

Please. Coughlin is done. Walls are her only hope. She should stick with backstroke.

bobo gigi
Reply to  no1swimfreak
7 years ago

I predict it will be in that order:
ABBEY WEITZEIL/MISSY FRANKLIN/NATALIE COUGHLIN/SIMONE MANUEL

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I would follow BOBO quarter options ! amazing relay ! The dutch have to come on LC with a great quartet ( not seen yet for a while ) – The Chinese have to prove they got what it takes , only Australia is the Team to beat right now . Usa i beleive has got what it takes before Rio .

7 years ago

SMASH. SMASH. SMASH.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

So happy to see my prediction happen.
46.29!
😎 😯 😎 😯 😎 😯 😎 😯 😎
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Big congrats!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

She is absolutely fast , efficient , very reliable and a clutch relay swimmer .

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Swimnerd

Logical, Weitzeil didn’t swim in individual all week. She wasn’t tired. Not normal they accept that record. It’s totally unfair.
Then Weitzeil is only a short course swimmer with no future in the big pool where only Stanford swimmers can shine.
And finally she commited to . . . Cal!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry but . . . THAT’S TOO HARD TO ACCEPT!!!!!!!!!!
I HAVEN’T STILL DIGESTED THE NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHE’S SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

TheTroubleWithX
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Bobo’s got jokes.

Not only is he an internationally-renowned poolside prognosticator, but he’s also a snarky comedian.

I love it.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

ABBEY WEITZEIL’S AMERICAN RECORD WITH INTERVIEW AND AWARDS. 😎
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXHkzd3_iK4

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Very cool what happened this week.
It will motivate Simone Manuel to train still harder to retain her American record next March.
I know the 100 free is on day 3 of NCAAs at the end of a long and stressful meet so it’s hard to think she will be enough fresh to do it but with such a talent we never know.
Both girls will push each other in the next years to reach levels US women’s sprint has never known.
US men’s sprint must be jealous. 🙂

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Let’s still hope the Hoffer’s , Dressel’s and a few others take the step up and shine too .

aswimfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

“Both girls will push each other in the next years to reach levels US women’s sprint has never known.”

Unless BOTH Manuel and Weitzel break 100 free WR and win double Worlds and double Olympics, they will not “reach levels US women’s sprint has never known”.

US swimming did not start in the 1990s you know ☺ 🙂

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Too much pressure u put here ! not relevant – unless , unless , with unless u can change the world as it is . They will do great and that’s staying positive with reality . Period

aswimfan
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
7 years ago

Please read carefully.

I did not put pressure on them. Bobo did.

aswimfan
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
7 years ago

I only pointed out that American female sprinters have broken WRs AND won Olympics in 100 free.
And if Weitzel and Manuel are going to surpass the heights of previous american female sprinters -as Bobo predicted- they will have to win double olympics golds.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

46.29 converts to 51.47 in SCM.

DDias
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Useless conversion.That time is probably something like 53 high at LCM.Abbey has great walls, and that a conversion tool can not catch.

samos
7 years ago

who’s Abbey’s coach?

CanyonsGuy
Reply to  samos
7 years ago

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