AMERICAN OLYMPIC SWIMMER ABBEY WEITZEIL was only 19 years old when she competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Because she deferred a year of college to focus on the Olympics, this Calympian had two Olympic medals and an American Record under her belt before she ever even swam for Cal Berkeley. A pioneering force in swimming, Abbey is proud of becoming the first woman in history to swim 50 yards in sub-21 seconds. She wants to empower female athletes to be resilient and fearless, and believe they are capable of pushing performance barriers in sport. While Covid-19 created obvious disappointment for Abbey, who was prepared to represent Cal at NCAA’s her senior year as well as compete in Olympic Trials, she is using the momentum to fine tune her speed and fuel her Olympic preparations for next year. Abbey is representing the LA Current in ISL this month in Budapest, where she recently smashed a 13-year old American Record in the 50 (SCM) freestyle, to become the fastest woman of all time.
ABBEY WEITZEIL @abbeyweitzeil
- 2020 Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
- American Record 50 (SCM) Freestyle (23.79) – fastest American woman of all time
- American Record & U.S. Open Record, 50 yard Freestyle (20.90) - 1st woman in history to break 21 seconds
- 2019 FINA World Championships Silver Medalist 4x100m Free Relay
- 2019 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, titles in the 50, 100 & 200 freestyle events, helped Cal to victories in four relays
- 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, 4x100m Medley Relay (prelim) - giving the Americans their tenth gold medal in this event, thousandth overall in Summer Olympic history
- 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, 4x100m Freestyle Relay (fastest split 52.56), American Record
- 2020 Sullivan Award Finalist
- Goals: 4x Olympic gold in Tokyo. Qualify for both the 50m freestyle (7th in Rio) and 100m freestyle (12th in Rio) and medal in both individual events. Defend her 2016 gold medal in the 4x100m Medley Relay. Propel Team USA to the top of the podium in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
- Member of ISL Team LA Current
- Rescue dog Weylin, adopted from Hearts for Paws
- Pursuing a degree in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley
- Sports Illustrated: Weitzeil’s Olympic Return, March 2020