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.