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Abbey Weitzeil Breaks American Record In 50-Yard Freestyle Swim

Weitzeil became the first woman to break 21 seconds in the event with a 20.90 seconds race, after holding the American record previously.

On Tuesday, Olympian and former Saugus star swimmer Abbey Weitzeil turned 23 years old.

By Thursday night, the Cal senior added to her illustrious career with a career-best sprint at the 2019 Minnesota Invitational, defeating a trio of Michigan sprinters in the process.

“Obviously, it was an awesome night for the Bears, led by Abbey’s historic swim,” head coach Teri McKeever said via CalBears.com. “Overall, I’m very proud and excited for what we’ve been able to do as a team and we look to keep building on it. That’s going to be the test – to keep the momentum and the intensity and the focus up. But tonight, we celebrate that we saw history made.”

Weitzeil was at the top of her game the entire day Thursday, earning the top seed in the morning preliminary sprint with the fastest time this season (21.16). The 20.90 second time she put up Thursday evening shaved 0.26 seconds off of her own American record of 21.02 seconds, set last March at the NCAA Championships.

Abbey was also part of the 400 medley relay team that claimed victory, as part of Cal’s banner day. Her relay team’s time of 3:28:58 was good for the second-best time in NCAA Division 1 this season, and Cal Swimming’s 10th best all-time. Cal leads the meet overall as a team heading into Friday’s events.

Weitzeil is yet another great Saugus Centurion continuing to carry the meaning of #SaugusStrong.

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Abbey Weitzeil Breaks American Record In 50-Yard Freestyle Swim

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Justin moved to the San Fernando Valley from the Inland Empire in 2011 to complete his BA of Communications degree at California State University, Northridge. Just a few months after getting his degree he moved to Valencia and started as an intern at AM-1220 KHTS, and was promoted to Sports Reporter within a year. Though Justin is still relatively new to the Santa Clarita Valley, he is an avid sports fan and passionate about building the sports department at KHTS into a special source for local high school sports.