What was the Secret to Abbey Weitzeil’s 20.90 50 Free? (Video)


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Reported by Karl Ortegon.

In a feat never done before, Abbey Weitzeil, Cal senior, has become the first woman ever under twenty-one seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Clocking a time of 20.90 tonight to win the A-final at the 2019 Minnesota Invite, Weitzeil blew away the field with a stunning swim.

More importantly, she takes over a full tenth off of her old best, and the old American, NCAA, and U.S. Open records, which stood at 21.02. According to USA Swimming, she owns four of the top ten performances ever in this event. Further, she owns the top three performances of all time, and she is now a full quarter-second quicker than anyone has ever been (Erika Brown, the second-best performer ever, has been as fast as 21.15).

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It was only last calendar year that we saw the first man under eighteen seconds in this event, and now we’ve seen the first woman under twenty-one. Funnily enough, this is also the same pool that Fred Bousquet dropped an 18.74 at the 2005 NCAA Championships to become the first man under nineteen seconds over a decade ago.

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9 months ago

Wonder how many others are doing the LC time trial today?

9 months ago

Her stroke rate is bananas

Ol' Longhorn
9 months ago

My favorite part of that video is how nervous the guys getting ready behind the blocks look when they realize she went 20.9.

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9 months ago

Perhaps but last place in the D Final (those guys standing there) was still three tenths ahead of her. But 20.9 is awesome…

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