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Abbey Weitzeil takes silver medal at Pan Pacific Championships

Posted: August 23, 2014 6:01 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2014 6:01 p.m.

Saugus senior swimmer Abbey Weitzeil helped the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay team win a silver medal on Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

 

Saugus High senior Abbey Weitzeil took her talents to Australia this weekend, and she gets to come back with a medal at a major international swim competition.

Weitzeil helped the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay team earn a silver medal at the Pan Pacific Championships with a second-place finish of 3 minutes, 32.31 seconds on Saturday in Gold Coast, Australia.

The emerging national swim star, at age 17, was the youngest of the four members on the U.S. relay. Weitzeil was swimming alongside Simone Manuel, Missy Franklin and Shannon Vreeland. Franklin and Vreeland have collected a combined six Olympic medals, five of them gold.

The U.S. finished behind host Australia, which won in a time of 3:30.98.

Weitzeil’s split in Saturday’s event was 53.81, which is faster than her lifetime best of 54.38 in the 100 freestyle clocked earlier in the month at the U.S. National Championships in Irvine.

That time placed her fourth at nationals and qualified her for this week’s Pan Pacific Championships.

On Friday, Weitzeil competed in the 100 freestyle as an individual and placed 10th overall in 54.50. She was third among Americans in the race.

This isn’t the first time Weitzeil has seen success at international competition. Last year at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, she finished fifth in the 50 freestyle and helped two relay teams qualify for the finals.

Also in action this week in Australia is Hart graduate Anthony Ervin, who already took 11th place in the 100 freestyle final on Friday with a mark of 49.11. He was also the third-best American finisher.

Ervin’s strongest event in the past has been the 50 free, which he’ll take part in today on the final day of competition.

Ervin is coming off an overall victory in the same event a few weeks ago at the U.S. finals.

Given their results earlier this month, both Weitzeil and Ervin are already qualified to participate in the FINA World Aquatics Championships next year in Kazan, Russia.

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