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Abbey Weitzeil steals the show at CIF swim finals

Saugus sophomore wins two CIF-SS Division I titles with multiple record-breaking performances

Posted: May 11, 2013 11:19 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2013 11:19 p.m.

As soon as Abbey Weitzeil touched the wall in the 100-yard freestyle for her second individual CIF title of the day, the Saugus sophomore spun around to check the results on the board.

On Thursday she told The Signal she hoped to swim a sub-49 second time in the event during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division I finals at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. The board read 49.01 seconds — breaking her own CIF-Southern Section Division I record, but short of her goal.

Still in the pool, Weitzeil held up her hand, pinching air between her fingers to indicate just how close she came to her goal.

But she’d get one more chance in the girls 400 free relay.

“I walked over to (Canyons Aquatics Swim Club coach Coley Stickels) and he said ‘I didn’t come here to watch a 49,’” Weitzeil said. “I said, ‘I didn’t come here to swim a 49.’ I wasn’t going to let myself swim a 49 (again).”

Weitzeil led off the Saugus girls 400 free relay team in the consolation heat in the meet’s final girls event.

And she didn’t let the opportunity go to waste.

Weitzeil swam a blistering pace, finishing the first leg in 48.83 — which, because it was a leadoff leg, counts as a new CIF-SS Division I record.

The previous Division I meet record was held by Courtney Cashion of Irvine, who swam a 49.26 in 2004.

While it might be the result she’s most proud of, oddly, she was even more impressive in the 50 free, where she broke her own CIF-SS Division I meet record with a time of 22.25 seconds — .01 seconds off the California state record of 22.24 set by Maddy Shaefer of Mountain St. Francis in 2010.

Weitzeil’s time is also fourth-best all-time in the nation, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book.

Her 100 free time is the 12th fastest all-time nationally, according to the NFHS, and is also the fifth fastest time in California history behind Shaefer’s 48.61-second swim in 2010. Shaefer also holds the second, third and fourth fastest times in California history, according to the NFHS.

“I was really happy,” she said. “It took me a second to realize it. I couldn’t see the board because I had to get out of the pool. I asked what I went and I was really excited. I finally broke 49.”

It’s the second year in a row Weitzeil won two individual CIF events.

She improved in both events off last year’s championship times of 23.07 in the 50 and 49.63 in the 100.

Weitzeil was also a member of the Centurions’ 200-yard medley relay team, where she swam the final leg in 21.83 seconds as Saugus finished first in the consolation heat.

The Saugus’ boys 200-yard free relay team continued an impressive day for the Centurions, as Jonathan Morsch, Zachary Zenteno, Alex Chan and Justin Lee broke the William S. Hart Union High School District record with a time of 1:25.87

The record had stood since 1998, when Hart’s Anthony Ervin, Ryan Parmenter, Christian Kneppeck and Eric Pritchett swam the event in 1:26.28.

The Indians’ Matt Johnson turned in an impressive swim in the 200-yard freestyle, just missing out on a CIF title by .55 seconds.

Johnson’s 1:39.60 was second behind Corona Del Mar’s Christian Garkani (1:39.05). The Hart junior also finished sixth in the 500 free.

Also for Hart, sophomore Mik Ranslem was fifth in the championship heat of the 100 butterfly (55.45) and ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:07.90).

Asia Antoniuk was sixth in the 100 butterfly (55.86), Tamara Santoyo was seventh in the same event (56.03) and Megan Schultz finished in ninth in the 100 backstroke (57.97).

For Valencia, Sophie Fiscella was third in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 56.52 seconds and Kevin Dai was eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.95).

In the girls team standings, Hart was eighth, Saugus ninth, Valencia 22nd and West Ranch 28th. In boys, Saugus was 17th, Hart 20th, Valencia 25th and West Ranch 41st.


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