View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


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.


No comments have been posted.

You need to be a registered user to post a comment. Please click here to register.

The Signal encourages readers to interact with one another, following the guidelines outlined in our Comment/Moderation Policy. Click here to read it.

To report offensive or inappropriate comments, e-mail The content posted from readers of does not necessarily represent the views of The Signal or Morris Multimedia. By submitting this form you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...