Abbey Weitzeil Slices .01 Off American Record In SCM 50 Free – 23.44

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 8

LA Current’s Abbey Weitzeil sliced .01 off her American Record in the women’s 50 freestyle (SCM) during Match 8 of the International Swimming League’s (ISL) third season, producing a time of 23.44.

Weitzeil’s clocking breaks her previous mark of 23.45, set during Match 10 of the 2020 ISL season in Budapest, and earned her a narrow victory over Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom (23.47) and London Roar’s Emma McKeon (23.65).

Weitzeil broke the American Record in this event twice last season, first touching in 23.79 to break the 13-year-old mark of 23.82 held by Dara Torres that had been on the books since 2007.

Weitzeil now moves into a tie for eighth all-time in the event’s history with Great Britain’s Fran Halsall.

All-Time Performers, Women’s 50 Freestyle (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 22.93 2017
2 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 23.00 2017
3 Cate Campbell (AUS) 23.19 2017
4 Marleen Veldhuis (NED) 23.25 2008
5 Therese Alshammar (SWE) 23.27 2009
6 Kasia Wasick (POL) 23.30 2020
7 Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) 23.32 2009
T-8 Fran Halsall (GBR) 23.44 2009
T-8 Abbey Weitzeil (USA) 23.44 2021
10 Pernille Blume (DEN) / Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 23.49 2017 / 2015

The victory marks Weitzeil’s third 50 free win of the season, having also topped the field in Match 2 (23.83) and Match 4 (23.63), only falling in Match 5 (23.87) to Toronto Titan Kasia Wasick (23.78).

Weitzeil, a four-time Olympic medalist, has also picked up a pair of individual wins this season in the women’s 100 free, touching first in both Match 2 (51.66) and Match 4 (51.62). The 24-year-old set the American Record in that event last season in a time of 51.26.

Her 50 free victory Saturday in Naples also came just minutes after splitting 52.17 on LA’s women’s 4×100 freestyle relay that finished fourth.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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