Abbey Weitzeil Swims 54.18 in Santa Clara, Remains No. 4 in US This Season

2021 Santa Clara LCM SENIOR 2 T&F MEET

On Sunday, the third and final day of the 2021 Santa Clara LCM Senior 2 T&F Meet went down, featuring the prelims and finals of the 100 free, 200 back, and 200 IM. Among the attendees were Rio Olympian Abbey Weitzeil, Worlds medalist Katie McLaughlin, and Cal Bears Emma Davidson and Ayla Spitz.

Highlighting the session was Weitzeil’s pair of 54s in the 100 free on Sunday. In the AM, Weitzeil put up a 54.18 before later winning the final at 54.62. Taking second in the event was Davidson, hitting 57.61 in the PM after hitting 57.63 in the morning. Placing third in finals was McLaughlin, swimming a time of 58.49. McLaughlin’s season best in this event is 54.82 and previously swam 25.67/1:57.65 in the 50/200 free at this meet. McLaughlin no-showed the 100 fly here in Santa Clara, potentially hinting she swam her 58.49 finals time butterfly. McLaughlin sits in third this season in the 100 fly at 57.39.

2020-2021 US Rankings: Women’s 100 FR LCM

  1. Simone Manuel, 53.34
  2. Torri Huske, 53.46
  3. Claire Curzan, 53.55
  4. Abbey Weitzeil, 53.66
  5. Linnea Mack, 53.78
  6. Katie Ledecky, 53.82

2020-2021 US Rankings: Women’s 100 FL LCM

  1. Claire Curzan, 56.20
  2. Torri Huske, 56.69
  3. Katie McLaughlin, 57.39
  4. Kate Douglass/Gretchen Walsh, 57.43

In the men’s 100 free, Alto’s Michael Lincoln threw down a 51.92 to easily win the final over PASA 16-year-olds Eric Gabbassof (53.60) and Harrison Williams (54.14).

Into the women’s 200 back, Alto 16-year-old Lola Beams was the lone sub-2:20 swim at 2:19.15, holding off Santa Clara 17-year-old Steffi Beisel (2:22.35) and 14-year-old Eunice Lee (2:25.85).

Leading the men’s 200 back prelims was DACA’s Caleb Apodaca (2:14.26) while Alto teammates Evan Gold (2:18.40) and Salvador Goya (2:21.43) were the top two finishers in the final.

Ayla Spitz  swam a pair of 2:17s to lead the women’s 200 IM during both sessions. Spitz’s fastest swim was during the prelims, touching the wall at 2:17.15, clearing the 2:17.39 Wave I Trials cut. Rounding out the top three times were 17-year-olds PEAK’s Ela Freiman (2:23.63) and PASA’s Silvia Faraboschi (2:24.01).

During the final event, the men’s 200 IM, Alto’s Austin Sparrow touched out PEAK’s Brian Copley for the win 2:12.90 to 2:12.96. Williams led the AM prelims at 2:13.32.

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Yozhik
3 months ago

All these manuals, weitzeils, comerfords etc what are you doing? Don’t push Ledecky to race individual 100FR. Her program is already overloaded. Don’t let her be responsible for American sprint as well.

Meow
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Curzan and Huske would probably have something to say about that.

SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Yozhik do you think all these girls will be swimming these same times at Olympic trials in a month? I need to understand your thought process. Do you know what a taper is?

Andy
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

Maybe he can taper off his comments?

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Andy
3 months ago

LOL!

Yozhik
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

As swimming fan I’m a consumer of the product that we call professional swimming. Professional swimming cannot exist without us. We are paying for that. Directly and indirectly. For tickets, for internet, for cable tv, for streaming, for sport equipment etc. For everything that commercials are using to reach us. We are the only source where money are coming from to those who sponsor professional athletes.
Don’t you think we have rights for the quality product after all?
And please, forget about this offensive tone. If there is something unclear in my post and you would like to make it clear it would he my pleasure to help you. Why are so sure you are better of me?… Read more »

SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

I don’t even know what you are saying here, you just seem to be very harsh on the american women swimmers (which I’ve brought up before). We are a month away from trials, judge away if the girls are slow after trials. It just doesn’t seem like the American women are in a bad spot at all at this point and you are being critical of pre trials performances when nobody is at 100% in their last meets pre taper.

There are just so many ladies that are going to be medal contenders, there really isn’t anything to be critical of at this point. There are some worries on the men’s side, women’s side not so much.

Last edited 3 months ago by SCCOACH
Yozhik
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

I know that and you know that I know that, but if a professional swimmer performs to the acceptable (by professional norms) level only one or two times per season then we have to stop talks of professional swimming is underpaid to the level that cannot be even considered a profession – the way of making living.
I will be much more entertained by visiting armature high school swimming state competition.
Maybe swimming wasn’t meant to be a professional sport if the 99% of all time a swimmer is just training for once per year show.
Meets are public events and that makes them different from regular training process. So some compromise has to be made. Something… Read more »

SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Ok so you are talking about swimmer pay, I didn’t know that’s what we were talking about, it seems like you decide new topics to talk about on the fly.

lots of American woman sprinters haven’t put up a lot of top times this year and we aren’t giving breaks because of coronavirus and we aren’t considering that other countries have already had their trials which is why they have a lot of the top times… but we aren’t talking about that we are talking about how much swimmer’s are paid. Why are we talking about that and why does it matter right now before the Olympics?

Wait a month Yozhik. Judge the crap out of everyone in a month

Last edited 3 months ago by SCCOACH
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

Calendar Year 2021
Top Ranked Times
Cox – W 200 IM
King – W 100 BR
Ledecky – W 200 FR
Ledecky – W 400 FR
Ledecky – W 800 FR
Ledecky – W 1500 FR

Here is a link to research the aforementioned rankings:

https://www.fina.org/swimming/rankings?gender=F&distance=100&stroke=BREASTSTROKE&poolConfiguration=LCM&year=2021&startDate=&endDate=&timesMode=BEST_TIMES&regionId=all&countryId=

Khachaturian
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Was your username before this AnEn?

Yozhik
Reply to  Khachaturian
3 months ago

Are you related to Aram?
Why are you asking so many questions about my identity (illuminati, AnEn…). You are not going to propose, are you? 😀

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

The elevator does not reach the top floor.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

Self portrait

The Original Tim
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

I’ll admit that Manuel’s and Comerford’s in season times have been slightly worrisome as of late at the cusp of the Trials taper, but there is a talented crew of other women who by all appearances are firing on all cylinders heading into Trials.

That said, even if those two do end up laying an egg at Trials, Huske, Curzan, and Mack (not to mention Weitzeil at Mission Viejo in April) appear to be doing quite well. How much time they will drop with their Trials taper remains to be seen, but I’m not at all worried about the state of our women’s 100 free.

Last edited 3 months ago by The Original Tim
The Original Tim
Reply to  The Original Tim
3 months ago

Adding additional context to my comment…

In 2016, Manuel was a 54.11 at the Atlanta Classic in mid May, then a 53.75 at the Santa Clara PSS in early June, before dropping down to a 53.52 at Trials.

For Comerford in 2017, she was a 54.59 at the Atlanta PSS in early May, then a 54.46 at the IU Bucceto Open in early June, before dropping down to a 52.81 at Summer Nats.

If Manuel has the same improvement curve that she did through Trials in 2016, that puts her on the bubble. If Comerford has the same improvement curve that she did through Nats in 2017, that looks like a upper 53 at Trials, which likely won’t make the… Read more »

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Fun fact:

Russia failed to medal in the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Yozhik
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

I admire your bravery. Haven’t you watched “The Americans” (TV Series).
If you haven’t, I strongly recommend you to do so. You have to be aware about possible consequences of your amazing bravery 😀 😀

SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Good show recommendation! I’m back on team Yozhik

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Fun fact:

Russia failed to medal in the women’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

Fun fact:

Michael Phelps retired

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

Non sequitur.

Try women’s 100 meter freestyle instead.

SwimFan
3 months ago

Thank you so much to the SCSC for hosting this meet and for giving our kids a chance to race LCM for the first time since the Summer of 2019. Very much appreciated.

Gheko
3 months ago

Am sure there will be plenty of 52s at trials and Olympics

Swimfan
Reply to  Gheko
3 months ago

Yes I’m picking weitzeil, Manuel, curzan and huske to go 52

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