Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
NCAA season is upon us, and Abbey Weitzeil kicked it off with as much speed as we could ask for.
Weitzeil won the annual Queen of the Pool competition between Cal and Cal Poly. The competition creates a composite time of an athlete’s swims in 100s of fly, back, breast, free, and IM. Weitzeil won four of the five 100s (losing only butterfly) and put up a blazing 100 free time towards the end of that gauntlet.
Weitzeil was 48.45 in that 100 free. That’s an extremely fast early-season time – in fact, no one broke 49 last year until early October – Weitzeil led the nation early with a 49.38 from the Queen of the Pool meet, and one week later, Michigan’s Catie DeLoof went 49.15.
The Cal senior was also five and a half seconds faster in her composite time than she was a year ago – a great sign for the coming season. Weitzeil was about a full second faster in free, fly and IM and a whopping three seconds faster in fly, though her breaststroke dropped back about half a second:
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