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2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year: Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil

Posted: July 13, 2014 9:01 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2014 9:01 p.m.

Saugus junior swimmer is The Signal's 2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year.


When The Signal first heard about Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil, the young swimmer was barely a freshman.

But in speaking to the then-15 year old, you’d never know she was so youthful.

Even three years ago, she had the look of an elite athlet and the maturity more in line with a collegiate freshman than a high school one.

And while she hadn’t swam in the Foothill League yet, she was still the talk of the town.

Weitzeil joined swim late, with her recently concluded junior season being just her sixth in competitive swim.

With many of her rivals competiting in the pool from early ages, you’d think Weitzeil would be at a disadvantage.

But she has never seemed to be.

Back in 2012 when The Signal featured Weitzeil in the 2012 Foothill League swim preview, mutliple rival league coaches spoke about her dominance  and how good she could be.

This season, she continued to prove those coaches right, and likely, even surpassed some of those early expectations.

In 2014 Weitzeil didn’t just make her mark in the Santa Clarita Valley or Southern California, as she easily had in her previous two seasons; In 2014, Weitzeil made a name for herself nationally.

For the third straight season she swept two individual events at Foothil League finals and at CIF-Southern Section Division I finals, this year winning the CIF title in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

But it wasn’t just the fact that Weitzeil won those two titles, it was the epic nature of her victories.

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.

That means that of all the swimmers who have swam under their high school’s flag in this country’s athletic history, no one has been faster than Weitzeil.

And no one in the Santa Clarita Valley deserves the honor of The Signal’s Female Athlete of the Year.

We have followed her close since that original article on March 19, 2012.

And she’s done nothing but shine.

For the third straight season she receives a Signal Sports Award — Newcomer of the Year in 2012, co-Female Athlete of the Year in 2013.

But this time she stands alone as the valley’s best female athlete — and the scariest part is there seems to be no limits for Weitzeil on what comes next.


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