Abbey Weitzeil Retains Queen of the Pool Title In Record Time

2019 Cal Poly VS. Cal Queen & King of the Pool

Queen Abbey Weitzeil reigns once again in the pool as she has successfully defended her crown at the annual Cal Poly/Cal Queen & King of the Pool pentathlon. Fellow Cal senior Zheng Quah was crowned the 2019 King of the Pool alongside Weitzeil (read more about King of the Pool here).

Event Top Time
100 Fly Izzy Ivey – 54.87
100 Back Abbey Weitzeil – 55.29
100 Breast Abbey Weitzeil – 1:03.93
100 Free Abbey Weitzeil – 48.45
100 IM Abbey Weitzeil – 55.79

Cal sophomore Izzy Ivey kicked the meet off with a strong victory in the 100 fly, clocking in a 54.87. Weitzeil had the next fastest time with a 55.30, followed by Cal junior Robin Neumann.

After the 100 fly, Weitzeil steamrolled through with a consecutive 4-event sweep. Weitzeil’s first victory of the meet was in the 100 back, where she touched in at 55.29. Also hitting the 55-second mark was Cal junior Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou (55.29) and Ivey (55.74).

In the remaining three events, Weitzeil earned her most dominant victories, winning each event by more than a second. Here’s a breakdown of how dominant Weitzeil was in the 100 breast, free, and IM.

Event First Place Second Place Third Place
100 Breast Abbey Weitzeil – 1:03.93 Ali Harrison – 1:05.23 (+1.3) Ema Rajic – 1:05.36 (+1.43)
100 Free Abbey Weitzeil – 48.45 Robin Neumann – 50.64 (+2.19) Izzy Ivey – 51.65 (+3.2)
100 IM Abbey Weitzeil – 55.79 Alicia Wilson – 57.11 (+1.32) Izzy Ivey – 58.09 (+2.3)

Weitzeil’s 4-event streak allowed her to defend her title as Queen of the Pool, clocking in a time of 4:38.76. That time took down Kathleen Baker‘s meet record time of 4:39.54, set in 2017. Finishing in second place was Ivey (4:47.36) and third went to Wilson (4:48.64).

In similar fashion, Weitzeil took 5 seconds off her 2018 winning time to re-claim the title. The major difference in her time drop was the 100 fly, where last year she clocked in a 58.15 with 26.74/31.41 splits.

Event 2019 Weitzeil 2018 Weitzeil
100 Fly 55.30 58.15
100 Back 55.29 56.47
100 Breast 1:03.93 1:03.35
100 Free 48.45 49.38
100 IM 55.79 56.87
Final Time 4:38.76 4:44.22

Additional Notes

Cal sophomore Cassidy Bayer is listed as second on the overall standings, however, is listed as DQ in her 100 breast and 100 IM times. From what her 100 breast time suggests (59.99), it could be an educated guess that she did not perform breaststroke kicks and instead used dolphin kicks as a result of an ongoing knee injury.

The Cal women’s next splash in the pool at the Chik-fil-A Invitational at Fresno State, which will take place October 11-12.

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Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Uh, what were the dude’s times?

1 year ago

Not sure what’s more impressive, the SCY versatility or that 100FR time as the fourth race of the day.

1 year ago

Nobody else under 1:05 in the breast?

Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

Breaststroke continues to be the Cal women’s weakness.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Surprised they can’t score 1 good breaststroker. I’m sure if someone wanted to come to the school with a 1:02 theyd get a full ride

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

That’s definitely false

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

58 not good enough for you??

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Don’t know if I’d consider Rajic’s drop to a 58.9 and Harrison’s drop to a 59.5 a weakness

Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

Rajic was about the same last year I believe, then dropped to a 58 at NCs to make the A final

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