Abbey Weitzeil Misses 50 Free American Record By .01 in Austin

Weitzeil Just Misses American Record

19-year old Canyons Aquatics swimmer Abbey Weitzeil has missed the American Record by .01 seconds at the American Short Course Championships in Austin, Texas.

The meet, while not a formally-recognized National Championship by USA Swimming, has still attracted a layer of top talent to Texas, even with the Southern Premier meet in Knoxville and the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Orlando happening simultaneously.

On the men’s side, the meet also serves as an NCAA last-chance meet.

That top-level talent on the women’s side includes Weitzeil and a handful of her Canyons Aquatic Club teammates. On a leadoff leg of the Canyons 200 free relay on Saturday, Weitzeil swam a 21.28, which just misses Lara Jackson’s 2009 21.27 as the American Record and fastest-ever time in the event. Jackson’s swim was also done on a relay leadoff.

Weitzeil’s is the fastest time in history done by a teenager.

Current top 10 of All-Time:

  • 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
  • Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 2011 – 21.38

Weitzeil will have one more shot at the record in the individual 50 free final at the end of the session.

Full recap will follow the end of the session.

Live meet results available here.

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liquidassets
6 years ago

Well Manuel’s not at NC2As, but I meant, also looking ahead to Trials…

Derigan
6 years ago

21.12 in finals. Please say there is a video? SwimSwam get it up fast.

Tom
Reply to  Derigan
6 years ago

go to youtube and look for ‘abbey weitzeil american record’ about the third video down you can watch tonight race

LPB
Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

There is a good video on twitter too

Tom
6 years ago

Abbey Weitzeil 19 CANY 21.42 21.12 A !!!

liquidassets
Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

Wow she did it! So cool. Really throwing down the gauntlet to Manuel, Osman, and the others at NC2As…

liquidassets
6 years ago

She scratched the 2Free finals after going 1:43.2 this morning. Hmm… wonder if she might be gunning to take her AR back from Manuel in the 100 tomorrow??

LPB
Reply to  liquidassets
6 years ago

She died hard in the 100LC yesterday, but I’m thinking we still might see a sub 46. Scy seems irrelevant right now, but that would be special.

liquidassets
Reply to  LPB
6 years ago

Would be cool for sure. Oh, and the individual 50 is up next, hopefully she’s swimming that for another crack at that SCY record. Would be great to see another rubber suit record go down.

Tom
Reply to  LPB
6 years ago

what do you mean by she died hard… 53.77 in LC 100 is nothing to sniff at…

LPB
Reply to  Tom
6 years ago

It’s a great swim! I’m just saying she was out in 25.1…3.5 second fade on a 100 is dying. That just means with a shave and taper she should hang with the best in the world.

Scy is typically easier to finish because of the added walls. I’m expecting a monster swim, especially after 21.1! Go Abbey!

KP
6 years ago

It’s incredible to think she came that close , especially when you consider that Lara Jackson time must have been done in a rubber suit! I sure hope Abbey can help us in Rio!

xenon
6 years ago

awesome. I am root for abbey weitzel so hard.

Dear god, can we get some real good female sprinters in America like Cate Campbell. Please and Thank you.

Jake Presley
6 years ago

I heard some dude went 3 seconds faster two weeks ago, lol

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