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Weitzeil Earns Second Individual Event For Tokyo

Jun 20, 2021
Abbey Weitzeil reacts after her 50-meter free race that earned her a second individual event at the Olympics.

OMAHA, Neb. – Cal alum Abbey Weitzeil finished second in the 50-meter freestyle Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials to secure her second individual event for the Tokyo Olympics.
On the final night of the Trials, Weitzeil completed her race in 24.30, just 0.01 behind winner Simone Manuel. Weitzeil won the 100 free on Friday night. She will compete in both individual events and will likely add relay swims to her lineup.
Weitzeil will be joined on the U.S. team by former Cal teammate Katie McLaughlin, who qualified for the 4x200 free relay after finishing fourth in the 200 free final.
In addition, Cal head coach Teri McKeever has been selected to the staff for the Games, marking the fourth time she has served on the U.S. Olympic staff. McKeever served as head coach in 2012 and was named an assistant in 2004 and '08 prior to this year.

The Tokyo Olympics get underway with the opening ceremonies on July 23, and swimming competition will run July 24-Aug. 1 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
In its history, Golden Bear women's swimmers have collected 49 all-time medals at the Olympics, including eight at the 2016 Games in Rio.