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On the Beat Swim: Lightning fast Weitzeil

Posted: May 20, 2014 10:25 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2014 10:25 p.m.

Before anyone at The Signal ever saw Saugus’ Abbey Weitzeil swim, we knew she was fast.

That was clear from the comments of nearly every Foothill League coach before Weitzeil even placed a foot into the pool for a Foothill League dual meet her freshman season.

It’s also why this paper highlighted the then-freshman in our 2012 Foothill League preview with a simple lead: “Abbey Weitzeil is fast.”

Just how fast she would get, though, continues to surprise and impress.

Weitzeil was lightning quick at Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division I swim championships, breaking the 22-second barrier in the 50-yard freestyle to set a national high school record with a 21.98.

She set another national record in the 100 free with a 47.91.

How does this compare to some of the elite swimmers this nation has to offer?

It’s difficult to tell based on these performances — high school swim is done in short-course yards, while national meets, such as the 2012 Olympic Swim Team Trials Weitzeil competed in, are performed in long-course meters.

Thanks to a couple handy tools, though, there are ways of comparing the two — unofficially, of course.

During the 2012 trials, Weitzeil swam the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 56.65 — according to Swimming World Magazine’s Time Conversion calculator, that translates to a 50.08 second short-course race.

Her performance Saturday, the 47.91 national record, would translate roughly to a 54.20 second long-course performance.

In case you’re curious — a 54.20 would have placed Weitzeil third in the 2012 100-meter freestyle final, just behind Jessica Hardy (53.96) and Missy Franklin (54.15).

If those names sound familiar, it’s because they should.

The two of them hold a combined seven Olympic medals.

Status Quo: In one of the least surprising moves in CIF-Southern Section redivisioning, the Foothill League was left in Division I when the organization released its 2014-16 playoff groupings.

Foothill League swimmers won six total CIF-SS Division I titles at Saturday’s championship meet, including high school national records set by Weitzeil.

Valencia’s Nikol Popov, Hart’s Cole Cogswell and the Hart 400-free relay team of Cogswell, Austin Barreiro, Kevin Moore and Matt Johnson also won titles.


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