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2014 All-SCV Girls Swim Team

Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil earns Swimmer of the Year

Posted: June 24, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2014 10:18 p.m.

Saugus junior Abbey Weitzeil set national records in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke with the fastest times in U.S. history.

Because of ever-increasing club swim obligations, it’s fair to say this season marked the least amount of time Saugus junior Abbey Weitzeil has spent in her Saugus High swim gear in her three seasons at the school.

But as shocking as it is to think about, this season also marked the most significant impact Weitzeil has ever had.

After putting herself near the top of the high school record books last season, Weitzeil bettered that this season.

She is now the fastest 100-yard freestyler and 50-yard freestyler in the history of high school girls swimming in the United States.

Weitzeil’s CIF-Southern Section Division I-winning time of 47.91 seconds in the 100 free was faster than the previous nationwide best mark of 48.15 set by North Dakota’s Dagny Knutson in 2009 and her 50 free winning time of 21.98 bested Olivia Smoliga’s time of 21.99 accomplished in 2012 in Illinois.

Let that sink in for a second — no one has been faster in those two events at this level in the nation’s history.

The scary part?

If history has proven anything, it’s that Weitzeil is still getting stronger.

She has upped her career total to six Foothill League and six CIF-Southern Section Division I titles and will go for the career sweep next season.

The odds seem to be ever in her favor.

And for that, Weitzeil is The Signal’s Girls Swimmer of the Year for the third straight season.


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