Abbey Weitzeil Talks 3 100 Free’s with Hyperextended Elbow (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.



  1. GOLD: Mallory Comerford, Louisville, 46.24
  2. SILVER: Anna Hopkin, Arkansas, 46.56
  3. BRONZE: Siobhan Haughey, Michigan, 46.64
  4. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 46.97
  5. Erika Brown, Tennessee, 46.99
  6. Amy Bilquist, Cal, 47.42
  7. Ky-Lee Perry, NC State, 47.43
  8. Catie Deloof, Michigan, 47.59

Arkansas freshman Anna Hopkin led through the 50 in 22.03, but Louisville’s Mallory Comerfordchased her down on the final 25 with a new Pool Record time of 46.24. Comerford remains the 2nd fastest ever and put up the 6th fastest time in history. Hopkin was 2nd in 46.56, breaking her tie with Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace for 6th fastest all-time. Hopkin clipped her best by a few hundredths, while Comerford was a few hundredths off her best from 2018.

Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey moved ahead of Missy Franklin to #8 all-time as she finished 3rd in a lifetime best 46.64. Despite swimming with a taped up arm after being injured on last night’s relay finish, Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil still broke 47, taking 4th in 46.97. Tennessee’s Erika Brown, the 5th fastest ever in this event, placed 5th tonight in 46.99.


  • NCAA Record: Cal, 2019, 3:07.41
  • American Record: Stanford, 2017, 3:07.61
  • Meet Record: Stanford, 2017, 3:07.61


  1. GOLD: Cal- 3:06.96
  2. SILVER: Michigan- 3:08.07
  3. BRONZE: Stanford- 3:09.73
  4. Texas- 3:10.89
  5. Louisville- 3:11.24
  6. Auburn- 3:11.64
  7. Tennessee- 3:12.20
  8. Virginia- 3:12.85

Michigan had the lead halfway after Siobhan Haughey‘s split on the 2nd leg, but Cal’s Amy Bilquistclosed the gap by half a second on the 3rd leg. It came down to Daria Pyshnenko (47.68) vs. Abbey Weitzeil on the anchor leg. Cal’s Weitzeil, still swimming with her arm wrapped up, dominated the anchor leg. She flipped in 21.43 en route to a 46.07 split, touching for Cal’s new NCAA Record of 3:06.96.

Cal’s time will not count as an American Record, as Weitzeil’s arm tape is against the rules. However, they do claim the NCAA Record, breaking it by half a second. Izzy Ivey led off for the Bears in 47.79, followed by Katie McLaughlin (46.62) and Amy Bilquist (46.48).

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Ol' Longhorn

“I knew I had to go last because I couldn’t get out of the pool.” Tough.

Bearly Breathing

A classy quartet. Good job Bears.


They are fast, articulate and appear to really care for each other. CONGRATULATIONS!!!


It can be said right now that Abbey Weitzeil deserves to be a winner of Golden Goggles “Perseverance” reward. After not very successful 2015 season by Simone Manuel Abbey Weitzeil was considered the #1 American sprinter in pre-olympic months. And then I clearly remember the picture of Abbey sitting almost unconscious on the deck after 200 race. I started to hate her coach that pushed this finest sprinting machine to race 200 for her coach’s own plans. There was no more a promising sprinter of Abbey Weitzeil after that and she could barely make to top 10 of American fastest swimmers. And despite that she continued to race 200 in practically all meets. She did it even last year at… Read more »


Teri makes good swimmers that’s that


Hardly. As i recall Weitzeil was 21.1 out of HS w an Olympic gold medal before she got to Cal. McLaughlin was a World Champ bronze medalist out of HS (or maybe gold?) before she went to Cal. Amy Bilquist had been on SC Worlds and other US teams coming in as well. The list goes on and on, but I would hardly say Teri is ‘making’ good swimmers. Those swimmers were already ‘made’ before Cal.


McLaughlin was also a member of final golden race in 4×200 relay in Kazan. And that impressive coming-from-behind that left Ledecky practically nothing to do had made Katie famous.

Ol' Longhorn

Good point. Take Meehan, for example. He “made” Ledecky and Manuel. Now that’s “making” good swimmers. smh


Meehan did not make Ledecky why would someone even say that

Ol' Longhorn

I know. It totally wrecked Dressel’s ability to sprint, too, with the 200 SCY IM, the 200 LCM frees. Oh wait, it didn’t. You really sound like Bobo sometimes, like when he spent a year harping on Dressel swimming sprint breastroke in relays was going to ruin him.


Do you know what has happened to Abbey during that 200 race that she couldn’t walk from the pool without help after it. And wasn’t able to swim fast as she used to since then? Do you know the purpose of swimming 200 at each meet during college and LCM season without any chances to win? Do you know why Sjostrom stopped practicing for 200 being actually the most consistent elite 200 swimmer (4 results under 1:54.4. Neither Pelligrini in “suit”, nor Schmitt, nor Ledecky could do that). Do you know why Cate Campbell said once that she would die if the distance is 101m? I don’t have answers on these questions. I can only assume that swimming fast during… Read more »

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