“I think I had COVID at the meeting”

“I think I had COVID at the meeting”

Despite not being at her best, Weitzeil Abbey earned her third straight Olympic ticket at the U.S. Trials in Indianapolis last month.

The 27-year-old finished fifth in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, which qualifies her for the American women’s 400-meter freestyle in Paris. She also nearly qualified individually in the 50-meter freestyle, where she finished third.

In conversation with a Californian outlet City News ServiceWeitzeil admitted she wasn’t feeling well during the Trials, revealing she tested positive for COVID-19 after the competition.

“I was a little tired. I don’t want it to be a headline, that she had COVID at the Olympic Trials,” Weitzeil said. “I found out after I tested positive for COVID when I got home. I think I had COVID at the competition.”

In the 100m freestyle, Weitzeil slowed down in each of the three rounds. She clocked 53.56 in the preliminary rounds, 53.66 in the semifinals and 53.70 in the final. All of these are less than her season best time of 53.53, which she set at the US Open in December.

“I was going through a lot. I was very tired and I didn’t know why,” she said.

In the 50m freestyle, the former Cal Golden Bear bounced back with a solid performance in the final, running a time of 24.26 to set a new season record after running 24.27 at the San Antonio Pro Swim in April.

Last year, Weitzeil was in top form at the U.S. National Championships, setting personal bests of 24.00 in the 50-meter freestyle and 52.92 in the 100-meter freestyle. That qualified her for both distances at the 2023 World Championships, where she finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Her times at the 2023 national championships were fast enough to qualify individually for the Olympic qualifiers. Simone Manuel (24.13) and Gretchen Walsh (24.15) went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle, while Kate Douglass (52.56) and Torri Huske (52.93) finished 1st and 2nd in the 100m freestyle.

Weitzeil, a four-time Olympic medalist, recently said City News Service She has been asymptomatic and will travel with Team USA to a training camp in Croatia after they complete the first phase of their Olympic preparation in Cary, North Carolina.

Weitzeil admitted she was emotional watching this year’s Olympic qualifying matches, taking in all the highs and lows of the world’s most stressful competition.

“I cried tears of joy, cried tears of sadness for people,” she said. “It was an amazing, amazing encounter to see and feel those happy emotions, but also just a stressful time.

“It was tough, but I’m super happy.”

Weitzeil, one of the experienced participants on the U.S. squad, said she appreciates her new role on the Olympic team.

“I have a different role than I’m used to on Team USA. I guess I’m just grateful to be a part of it.”

Weitzeil is going to Paris after winning a medal in Rio and Tokyo in the women’s 400m freestyle and 400m medley relay. She will also definitely compete in the preliminary rounds of the 400m freestyle relay at the Games. A fast start there could lead to more chances during the competition.