Australian national junior teamer Abbey Webb will start competing for Auburn this coming season, rather than in 2020 as originally believed.
One of Australia’s top sprinters, Webb is a huge immediate addition to the Auburn roster. She’s competed for Australia at both Junior Pan Pacs and the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. She was originally reported as a recruit for the 2020-2021 freshman class, but now appears on the Auburn roster, and the program has confirmed she’ll be competing this coming season.
Webb projects as a very solid sprinter in the NCAA, provided her long course speed roughly translates to short course at the same level:
Top LCM times (converted to SCY):
- 50 free – 25.63 (22.36)
- 100 free – 55.32 (48.39)
- 100 free relay split – 54.90 (48.01)
- 200 free – 2:00.21 (1:45.41)
- 100 fly – 1:00.48 (53.22)
- 100 back – 1:03.34 (55.98)
Those converted times would have garnered Webb an NCAA invite last year in the 100 free, and would have been within a tenth in the 50 and three tenths in the 200. They also put her in line to make all of Auburn’s free relays, which were 7th (200 free), 6th (400 free) and 15th (800 free) at NCAAs last year
Auburn’s women were an impressive 12th at NCAAs last year in their first year under head coach Gary Taylor. They graduated one of their top sprinters in Aly Tetzloff, but return most of their sprint group, including Claire Fisch (21.6/47.4 last year) and Julie Meynen (22.0/47.6). Those two should join Webb to form some pretty good sprint free relays this coming NCAA season.