Claire Weinstein is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. She was a member of the 2022 World Championships Team who competed in the 200 Freestyle and 4×200 Freestyle Relay.
Born in White Plains, New York, Weinstein began swimming competitively at the age of 6 at Westchester Aquatics Club under Carle Fierro, the same childhood team of American Gretchen Walsh. According to Fierro, Weinstein took to the water quickly and displayed plenty of natural talent. She later moved to Las Vegas to train with the Sandpipers of Nevada.
2021 US Olympic Trials
In February 2021, at only 13-years-old, Weinstein became one of the youngest swimmers to qualify for the 2021 US Olympic Trials. She did so by hitting a time of 8:45.34 in the 800 freestyle, dipping well under the standard of 8:48.09. Later in the season, Weinstein also cracked the qualifying marks in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle.
In Omaha, Weinstein competed in all three events, finishing 20th in the 400 freestyle, 28th in the 200 freestyle, and 34th in the 800 freestyle.
200 Freestyle National Age-Group Record
A few weeks after the conclusion of Trials, Weinstein competed at the 2021 TYR Senior Metropolitan Summer Championships. On the opening night of the meet, Weinstein split a 1:58.95 leading off her team’s 4×200 freestyle relay, coming within .42 of Sippy Woodhead’s legendary 13-14 NAG from 1982.
After nearly breaking the mark again on a few occasions, Weinstein tied Woodhead’s record in February 2022 with a time of 1:58.53. With her swim, she took down one of the oldest 13-14 NAG records on the books.
2022 US Open Water Nationals
Joining a group of her Sandpiper teammates, Weinstein won the Junior National 5k Title at the 2022 US Open Water Nationals, booking her ticket to represent the United States at the 2022 World Junior Championships from September 1-4 in Beau Vallon, Seychelles.
2022 US International Team Trials
Weinstein qualified to swim 200/400/800/1500 freestyle, adding the latter of the 4 events to her schedule from Olympic Trials.
In the 200 freestyle, Weinstein qualified for finals as the 2nd seed, throwing down a new personal best of 1:57.71. With the pressure on in the final, Weinstein backed up her prelims performance. After flipping 5th at the 150 mark, Weinstein powered home to overtake the likes of Alex Walsh and her Sandpiper teammate Bella Sims to hit the wall in a time of 1:57.08. She finished only behind Olympic legend Katie Ledecky, managing to grab both an individual spot and a relay spot on the US Team for the 2022 World Championships. Weinstein’s time from that swim ranks her as the fastest 15-year-old of all time and the 3rd fastest 15-16 year old in history only behind Missy Franklin and Ledecky.
During the meet, Weinstein also threw down best times in all of her other events and finished fourth in the 1500 free (16:22.78), fifth in the 800 free (8:29.34) and sixth in the 400 free (4:09.39).
2022 World Championships
On day 3 of the meet, Weinstein swam her sole individual event, the 200 freestyle. She threw down a time of 1:58.76 in prelims to qualify for the semi-finals in 15th. In a crowded semi-final field, Weinstein produced a best time of 1:56.94. However, she finished 10th, keeping her out of the event’s final.
On day 5, Weinstein competed on the US Team for the prelims of the 4×200 freestyle relay alongside Alex Walsh, Hali Flickinger, and Bella Sims. She split a 1:58.35, which was significantly slower than her swim in the individual 200 freestyle, raising some doubts as to if she would be put on the finals relay alongside Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith. Ultimately, the coaches elected to put Weinstein on the lead-off leg of the finals relay. The decision paid off as Weinstein threw down a new personal best of 1:56.71, swimming alongside Leah Smith (1:56.47), Katie Ledecky (1:53.67) and Bella Sims (1:54.60) to win the gold medal. The team’s final time of 7:41.45 set a new Championship Record and stands at the 4th fastest swim in history.