After missing the American Record by .01 earlier in the evening, 19 year-old Abbey Weitzeil of the Canyons Aquatic Club got it on her second try.
Weitzeil didn’t clip it by just a little bit either, she lowered the record by 0.15, from 21.27 to 21.12. The previous record was set by Lara Jackson during the height of the supersuit era, making Weitzeil’s swim tonight even more remarkable.
That’s also the U.S. Open record, meaning that Weitzeil is now the fastest woman ever in the 50 yard freestyle. Weitzeil was swimming while representing her club team, so Jackson’s 21.27 still stands as the NCAA record. Weitzeil graduated high school last year, and has committed to Cal, but elected to defer her enrollment and NCAA competition until after this summer’s Olympic Trials and Olympic Games.
Current top 10 of All-Time:
- Abbey Weitzeil, 2016 – 21.12
- Lara Jackson, 2009 – 21.27
- Abbey Weitzeil, 2016 – 21.28
- Simone Manuel, 2015 – 21.32
- Farida Osman, 2016 – 21.32
- Lara Jackson, 2008 – 21.33
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 2011 – 21.34
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 2012 – 21.35
- Lara Jackson, 2009 – 21.36
- Lara Jackson, 2008 – 21.37
Weitzeil is swimming tonight at the American Short Course Championships, which is not a formally-recognized championship meet, attracts plenty of top-level talent while also serving as a last chance meet for NCAA men.
Coming into today, Weitzeil’s best time in this event was a 21.49 she swam at the 2014 Speedo Junior Winter Championships, meaning that she knocked .37 off of her best time in the 50 free in one day. Weitzeil is used to breaking records, having set a number of high school and age group records in the sprint freestyle. She also held the American Record in the 100 yard freestyle at one point, before Simone Manuel took it last year at the NCAA championships.