Abbey Weitzeil Helps U.S. To Silver In Medley Relay
TOKYO – Cal alum Abbey Weitzeil closed out the swimming portion of the Tokyo Olympics by anchoring the United States to a silver medal in the women's 400-meter medley relay, giving the Golden Bear her fourth all-time medal and second of these Games.
The U.S. stood in third place after the opening backstroke leg by Regan Smith. Breaststroker Lydia Jacoby sent the Americans to the front, and Torri Huske kept the team there following her butterfly leg. Weitzeil had a narrow 0.25 edge over Australia when she took over, and she engaged in a stroke-by-stroke battle with Cate Campbell one lane over. Although Weitzeil closed with a gutsy 52.49 split, the Aussies nipped the Americans at the wall by 0.13 seconds. Australia was timed in an Olympic-record 3:51.60 with the U.S. at 3:51.73 (also better than the previous Olympic record). Canada took third.
Earlier in the session, Weitzeil competed in her second individual final of the Olympics and placed eighth in the 50-meter free with a time of 24.41 seconds. She had set a lifetime best of 24.19 in the semifinals a day earlier to earn her spot in the race. Two days prior, Weitzeil also claimed a final berth in the 100 free final, taking eighth place, as well.
With a bronze medal from the 400 free relay on the first night of finals, Weitzeil returns to Berkeley with two medals from Tokyo. The hardware adds to her two medals from the 2016 Rio Games – silver in the 400 free relay and gold on the 400 medley relay.
In addition to Weitzeil, alum Katie McLaughlin helped the United States to a silver medal and American record in the 800-meter free relay during the Games. With the three combined medals in Tokyo, Cal women's swimmers increased their total to 51 all-time medals at the Olympics.