Abbey Weitzeil Makes Strides After Freshman-Year Transition (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. GOLD: Simone Manuel– 52.54
  2. SILVER: Mallory Comerford– 53.09
  3. BRONZE: Margo Geer– 53.44
  4. FOURTH: Abbey Weitzeil– 53.56

Simone Manuel took over the U.S. Open Record by 3 tenths as she rocked a 52.54, marking the 2nd fastest swim ever done by an American. The record formerly belonged to Mallory Comerford, who touched 2nd in 53.09 tonight.

Indiana’s Margo Geer cracked her best time by 3 tenths, touching 3rd in 53.44 to secure a Pan Pacs spot. Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil continues on her way to a comeback as she hit the wall 4th in 53.56. That’s her fastest time since she set her lifetime best 53.28 at 2016 Trials.

Relay stalwart Lia Neal was 5th in 53.95, a sizable drop of 0.44s from this morning.  Another veteran, Allison Schmitt, picked up the 6th spot with a time of 54.24.  Katie McLauglin, swimming out of the B-final, actually tied Schmitt’s time.

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Can we find a place to interview athletes where they aren’t totally drowned out by the announcer?

Coleman Hodges

Believe me, I wish we could😩


Enthusiasm for Dean Farris cannot be contained!


The 52.54 of Simone Manuel was the main news in the media after 100 free final. But the most important news I think was the comeback and excellent performance of swimmers who, to be honest, not many expected to be in competition again: Margo Geer, Allison Schmitt and of course Abbey Weitzeil. To have back a swimmer who just two years ago could split 52.5 is so great.
I wish her complete recovery to the state of mind and form of 2016 and to be on that American world record breaking 4×100 free relay.


2016 United States Olympic Trials
Women’s 100 m freestyle
Abbey Weitzeil – 53.28
Simone Manuel – 53.52

At least Weitzeil is on the comeback trail.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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