Weitzeil, McLaughlin Pickup Wins On Day 3 At TYR Fran Crippen SMOC

2017 TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions

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After a disappointing loss at the hands of Amanda Kendall last night in the women’s 100 free, California’s Abbey Weitzeil got a bit of revenge tonight defeating Kendall in the 50 free at the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Irvine. Though the time of 25.35 isn’t exactly great by Weitzeil’s standards, a win’s a win and it’s a step in the right direction as she progresses towards the US World Trials in a few months.

Kendall finished 2nd in a time of 25.47, and Weitzeil’s teammate Amy Bilquist finished 3rd in 25.71. Rising teenage star Gabrielle Fa’Amausili from New Zealand also cracked 26 seconds for 4th in 25.83.

Fellow California product Katie McLaughlin also picked up her first win of the meet on night 3, touching in 2:00.94 in the women’s 200 free to edge out New Zealand’s Georgia Marris (2:01.38) and Mission Viejo’s Ella Ristic (2:01.43). Bilquist was 4th in 2:01.58. McLaughlin put up the top time in the 200 fly prelims yesterday before scratching the final.

The men’s 200 free saw many notable names go head-to-head, as New Zealand’s Matt Stanley captured the win in 1:48.91, about half a second of USC’s Dylan Carter (1:49.43). Tom Shields (1:50.17), Grant Shoults (1:51.12) and Liam Egan (1:52.98) placed 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Other notable swims on the night included Riley Scott claiming the women’s 200 breast in 2:31.99, New Zealand’s Daniel Hunter going sub-23 in the men’s 50 free for the victory in 22.94, and fellow Kiwi Bradlee Ashby out-battling Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine to win the men’s 400 IM in 4:23.80 to DeVine’s 4:24.17.

The other two individual winners on the night were also from New Zealand, with Helena Gasson winning the women’s 400 IM (4:45.32) and George Schroder doing the same in the men’s 200 breast (2:14.83).

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Abbey needed that.

E Gamble

Winning against swimmers that you should win against is not exactly a confidence booster. She’s an Olympian. The time is what’s important. She’ll get better as the summer progresses.


I get what you are saying, but she needs something positive to hang on to while she works through whatever slump this seems to be. Her body language at NCAA was not good and then lose in the 100 in LC didn’t help. I see this as a positive step. USA swimming will need a confident Weitzel for relay purposes.


I would hardly call a 25.3 one month out of WCT’s positive. That time is not comparable with Simone or the many others Weitzeil beat at Trials last year.


It’s 2 full months from WCTs and barely a month since NCAAs. It’s a safe bet that all college swimmers are in heavy training and most will be nowhere near the times they swim when the going gets fast. None of the performances this week or last week or in Atlanta next week are very revealing.


you guys are just randomly speculating. You have no idea what she has been doing in practice or what really happened at NCAAs. But okay i’ll join the party and guess she goes 53.9 and 24.78. Its not the end of the world after an olympic year.

bobo gigi

You’re right Taa. We just speculate. We don’t know the reasons of her average performances (considering her talent) in that post-olympic season. We wonder what happens. Was it a good idea to leave her coach to swim in college? Was Cal the right place for a sprinter? Is she happy there? Is it just a common post-olympic depression? Injury? Personal problems? Freshman year acclimations? We speculate. But that’s also the nature of a forum. 🙂 For the rest, athletes are not machines and can’t always be at their top. Even we, as fans, would like to see them always at their top. If she fails next summer then she will come back with more motivation. The American relay really needs… Read more »


I hope Lia Neal gets that second spot.

E Gamble

I agree with you. The relay will be Lia Neal, Mallory Comerford, Katie Ledecky, and Simone Manuel.


Katie Ledecky will be #2 to take part of 400 medley relay.


If they go with that line up, even Australia will beat them.
Remember that Mckeon is as fast as Manuel, Shayna Jack will match up well against Ledecky, Seebohm will be as fast as either Comerford or Neal, and Bronte will rein in the last girl.


Who told that Australian chances at 400 relay are small. It is true that they will be slower than their world record team by 2 sec by replacing #1 swimmer with the #5 one. But they were more than 1.2 sec ahead of the fastest ever American team. It doesn’t look by far that American will perform in Budapest as well as they did in Rio. So we may have a race between three or even four more or less equal teams.


In short, USA will need Weitzeil in top condition to beat the Aussie lasses.

E Gamble

Mallory Comerford replaces Weitzel. What we need is a rejuvenated Missy Franklin.

Top Seed

Patrick Conaton shines brightly with a 24.00 50 free! His teammate at Stanford, Will Macmillan goes a 23.99. Seems like Conaton has some work to do if he wants to reach Macmillan’s level. Considering Conaton went a 24 and Macmillan is in the 23 range, Macmillan is pretty much a second faster than him.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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