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Abbey Weitzeil qualifies for U.S. national swim team

Posted: August 6, 2014 9:36 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 9:36 p.m.
 

If Saugus High swimmer Abbey Weitzeil wants to make it to the Olympics some day, her performance on Wednesday indicates she’s on the right track.

Weitzeil finished fourth at the 100-meter freestyle U.S. national swim championship final in Irvine, which qualified her for the U.S. national team.

The 17-year-old posted a lifetime-best time of 54.38 seconds, which was just 0.95 seconds behind the winner and five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin.

She needed a top four finish to earn a spot on the national team.

Weitzeil’s time is among the fastest in the world ever posted by someone her age.

The event began on Monday with 97 swimmers in the prelims. Weitzeil clocked a time of 54.41 to qualify for the finals.

As a member of the U.S. national team, Weitzeil will compete at the Pan Pacific Championships from Aug. 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia.

She still has three more events this week at nationals, including the 200 freestyle today, the 100 backstroke on Saturday and the 50 freestyle on Sunday.

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