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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Jake Presley

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


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.


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!

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