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On the Beat: Weitzeil reached her goal at nationals

Posted: August 14, 2014 10:20 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2014 10:20 p.m.
Hart grad Anthony Ervin took home a title in the 50-meter freestyle. It was his first national title in 13 years. Hart grad Anthony Ervin took home a title in the 50-meter freestyle. It was his first national title in 13 years.
Hart grad Anthony Ervin took home a title in the 50-meter freestyle. It was his first national title in 13 years.

Saugus High and Canyons Aquatic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil made no secret of her desire to qualify for the USA National swim team.

Last week, at the USA National Championships in Irvine, Weitzeil added another accolade to her belt, and in the process accomplished her goal.

She’s now overseas ready to compete for the U.S. National team at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

“She was definitely happy she reached her goal,” said her mother Mikey Weitzeil, who was in attendance when her daughter made the national team. “She really wanted to get that goal accomplished early in the meet so she could relax.”

Weitzeil placed fourth in the 100-meter freestyle event on Aug. 6, posting a lifetime-best 54.38 second swim.

She was just 0.95 seconds behind winner and five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin.

Because of her top-four finish, Weitzeil, who will be a senior at Saugus this year, earned a spot on the U.S. National team for both the Pan Pacific Championships on Aug. 21 and the World Championships.

Weitzeil also placed fifth in the 50-meter freestyle on Sunday with a time of 25.91 seconds, her second-best all-time swim, according to Canyons Aquatics Club.

“Based on her determination I’m not surprised, still not being entrenched in swim I realized what the coaches tell me,” Mikey said. “(Canyons Aquatics coach Coley Stickels) is phenomenal, wicked smart and so far everything he has predicted has come true. When he tells me the possibilities are endless. I know he knows swim and I know my daughter, I know the possibilities are endless. I won’t predict the future, but I know absolutely she is determined to keep moving up.”

Another Foothill League swimmer, Cole Cogswell, also made noise at the event.

He qualified for Nationals on his last day at junior nationals and made the most of the experience.

Though he came up short of a spot on the U.S. National team, he posted an impressive 23.38 second swim in the 50 free, good enough for third place.

The two youngsters weren’t the only ones to SCV swimmers to shine at the competition, though.

Hart swimmer and Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Ervin took home the title in the 50-meter freestyle event.

It was his first national title in 13 years.

Ervin took fifth place in the event at the 2012 Olympics.

At the age of 33 Ervin is far removed from his record-setting days at Canyons Aquatic Club and Hart High School, and many of his former records have been broken by Cogswell this past year alone.

Also at the event was Valencia sophomore-to-be Nikol Popov, who earned her way into the 100-meter breaststroke C final, reserved for the top 18-and-under swimmers.

According to Canyons Aquatics, her 1 minute, 9.81 second swim set a club 15-18 age group record.

Tough loss

West Ranch graduate Jeff Coprich was engaged in a battle for playing time at the running back spot at the University of California, Berkeley this offseason, and head coach Sonny Dykes and quarterback Jared Goff both told The Signal at Pac-12 Media Days that they had seen good things from Coprich during the summer.

But Coprich’s goal was derailed this week when he went down with a broken foot that will keep him out four to eight weeks, Bear Talk’s Jeff Faraudo reported Wednesday.

Coprich suffered the break trying to cut in practice on Tuesday, and was expected to have surgery Thursday, Faraudo reported.

Due to injuries at the position, Coprich had an opportunity to showcase his skills during his freshman season in 2013.

The running back had 40 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 23 yards in seven games.


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