WATCH: Abbey Weitzeil Breaks American Record in 50 Free (Race Video)


American swimmer Abbey Weitzeil cut .01 seconds off her own American Record in the women’s 50 free, swimming 23.44 in Saturday’s Match 8 opening day.

In the process, she beat, among others, defending Olympic silver medalist Sarah Sjostrom (23.47) and defending Olympic gold medalist Emma McKeon (23.65).

Weitzeil’s time broke her previous record that was set in Match 10, her final regular season match, of the 2020 ISL season. The time ranks her 3rd overall in the ISL so far this season, behind only Sjostrom and Kasia Wasick of the Toronto Titans.

ISL 2021 Season Top 5 Times, Women’s 50 Free:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Energy Standard, Match 3 – 23.17
  2. Kasia Wasick, Toronto Titans, Match 7 – 23.40
  3. Abbey Weitzeil, LA Current, March 8 – 23.44
  4. Sarah Sjostrom, Energy Standard, Match 8 – 23.47
  5. Sarah Sjostrom, Energy Standard, Match 1 – 23.50

Weitzeil’s previous-best in the 50 free this season was a 23.63 done in Match 4.

LA Current finished 3rd in the match, though they will still comfortably qualify for the playoffs that start in November.

Final Match 8 Standings:

  1. Energy Standard – 507
  2. London Roar – 486.5
  3. LA Current – 395.5
  4. Tokyo Frog Kings – 379

Below, watch race video of Weitzeil’s record-breaking swim. That’s followed by other race videos from Match 8 that have been released by the ISL.

Women’s 200 IM

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Men’s 200 IM (With Tomoe Hvas disqualification, which was eventually overturned)

Men’s 400 IM

Women’s 50 Backstroke Skins

Men’s 50 Fly Skins


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Tony R
1 month ago

A race so close the announcer got it wrong. lol

Reply to  Tony R
1 month ago

And for once it wasn’t rowdy haha

Just give the trophy to the condors already
1 month ago

Weitzeil > Manuel




Hmm maybe you mean in ISL??? Manuel has never done ISL.

But otherwise, how many LC international individual medals does Weitzeil have? I’ll wait.

Reply to  C L G
1 month ago

So true

Cynthia curran
1 month ago

Good for Abiie I always thought she was a nice kid.

1 month ago

I want to see the 400 IM with Paige Madden

Paul Windrath
1 month ago

Anyone know why Hvas was DQ’d? If it was for resubmerging during the butterfly leg after the initial 15 mtrs, it sure looks like it to me. Then, I would like to know why the DQ was over-turned and how they explain how he complied with the rules.

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