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All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Swim: Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil

Weitzeil put herself among nation’s best

Posted: June 14, 2013 9:35 p.m.
Updated: June 14, 2013 9:35 p.m.

Saugus sophomore Abbey Weitzeil remained the valley's top swimmer this year, winning two Foothill League and two CIF-Southern Section Division I titles.

The Santa Clarita Valley has long had a reputation as an area with great athletic promise.

Athletes are routinely among the best in the area, and often times, among the best in the state.

Far rarer, though, are the athletes whose accomplishments stretch across the boundaries of time.

And that’s why Saugus sophomore Abbey Weitzeil’s performance this season was so groundbreaking.

Weitzeil isn’t The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season because of her dominance in the Foothill League — though she certainly was the best in the league.

Weitzeil sits in this spot because she was among the best in the state — not just this season, but throughout history.

At the CIF-Southern Section Division I championship meet in May, Weitzeil again won two individual CIF titles.

This time, though, she broke new ground.

She broke her own CIF-SS Division I record in the 100-freestyle twice in the same night — her lead-off leg of the 400-yard free relay time of 48.61 giving her the fifth fastest time in California history and 12th fastest all-time high school time nationally according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book.

Even more impressive, though, was her 50-yard freestyle time.

Her 22.25 second victory was second all time in the state, just .01 seconds off the leader, and good for fourth-best all time in the nation.

It’s hard to argue that any single athlete in the Santa Clarita Valley had a wider impact than Weitzeil this season.

The Centurion stand-out was not only the best swimmer in the valley, bar none, but she was one of the best swimmers in the state, and nation’s, history.

And for that, she is The Signal’s 2013 All-SCV Girls Swimmer of the Year.


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