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Abbey Weitzeil named state swimmer of the year

Posted: July 17, 2014 9:17 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2014 9:17 p.m.

Three-time Signal Girls Swimmer of the Year Abbey Weitzeil was named the Division I State Girls Athlete of the Year and the State Swimmer of the Year by Cal Hi Sports after an outstanding junior year where she set two national records.

The accolades keep rolling in for the nation’s fastest high school swimmer.

Saugus High junior Abbey Weitzeil, who set national high school records in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events this season, has been named the Division I State Girls Athlete of the Year and State Swimmer of the Year by Cal Hi Sports.

She was also named an honorable mention for State Junior Athlete of the Year in the girls division.

“It’s a big honor,” Weitzeil said. “I mean everything’s been happening so fast lately. It’s been great working toward my goals and reaching some of them. The process is great and I have big goals and hopefully I’ll be able to reach those.”

Weitzeil is no stranger to success, competing in the 2012 Olympic Swim Team Trials the summer after her freshman season at Saugus, and winning six individual Foothill and CIF-Southern Section Division I titles in her career.

She also started out the school year by winning the 2013 junior national championship in the 50-meter freestyle, winning in 25.27 seconds at the Speedo Junior National championships.

The junior swimmer beat out an impressive list of female athletes in Division I for Cal Hi’s honor, including Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly, Cal Hi Sports’ selection for track and field athlete of the year, and Katie McLaughlin of Santa Margarita, who also set a national record this season, hers coming in the 100-yard butterfly.

Weitzeil’s records came with a 21.98-second swim in the 50 and a 47.91 in the 100.

The Centurion lowered that 100 time later in the day, leading off the 400-free relay with a 47.82-second split.

She was also named The Signal’s 2014 Girls Swimmer of the Year earlier this week, marking the third year in a row she has received the honor.

“It’s changed so much,” Weitzeil said of the last three years. “It’s hard to wrap my mind around it. Freshman year, I don’t even remember where I was. I know I definitely wasn’t where I am now. It’s all changed and happened so fast. It’s a good quote ‘problem’ to have. But things are going crazy. It’s a good step forward.”

Weitzeil easily won the Swimmer of the Year award from Cal Hi, despite there being no state swim meet until the 2015 season.

Cal Hi also mentions that Weitzeil’s performance outside of high school entered into the equation for the honor.

Their criteria is just that an athlete be in high school, not necessarily compete for their high school – this is why the overall State Female Athlete of the Year is Kyla Ross, a leader on the U.S. National Gymnastics team.

Nonetheless, Weitzeil set those national records under Saugus’ cap, and has done some equally impressive things with her club team, Canyons Aquatics, as well.

According to Cal Hi, Weitzeil defeated U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events at the Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo.

She is also a contender to make the 2013-14 U.S. senior national team in the 50-free later this summer.

“Definitely this summer at nationals they’re picking a lot of teams, so hopefully I’ll be able to make the national team,” she said. “It’s going to take all I’ve got. It’s going to be tough competition this year. Everyone is going to be gunning this year, it will be extremely tough.”

The national team selections will take place at the 2014 National Championships, held in Irvine Aug. 6 through Aug. 10.


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