Claire Weinstein Clocks #3 200 Free All-Time for 13-14 Girls – 1:44.72

by Spencer Penland 7

December 11th, 2021 News



  • Meet record: Regan Smith (Riptide) 1:43.27

Top 3:

  1. Bella Sims (SAND), 16 – 1:42.92
  2. Leah Hayes (TIDE), 16 – 1:44.13
  3. Teagen O’Dell (NOVA), 15 – 1:44.62

Despite finishing out of the top 3, Sandpipers of Nevada 14-year-old Claire Weinstein made waves last night in the girls 200 free. Weinstein came in 4th, swimming a 1:44.72, marking a new personal best. The youngster showed off her endurance in the race, splitting 26.54, 26.73, and 26.45 on the last 3 50s of the race.

With the swim, Weinstein is now the #3 performer all-time in the 13-14 age group, behind only Missy Franklin and Sippy Woodhead. Woodhead holds the NAG at 1:44.10, just 0.62 seconds faster than Weinstein’s time from last night.

Here is the current all-time top 10 for the 13-14 girls SCY 200 free:

Rank Time Swimmer
1 1:44.10 Sippy Woodhead
2 1:44.55 Missy Franklin
3 1:44.72 Claire Weinstein
4 1:44.96 Claire Tuggle
5 1:45.07 Melinda Lee
6 1:45.77 Justina Kozan
7 1:45.81 Taylor Ruck
T-8 1:45.91 Stephanie Elkins
T-8 1:45.91 Courtney Harnish
10 1:46.16 Meaghan Raab

Weinstein’s move to Sandpipers appears to be paying off already, as the 14-year-old is now #2 all-time in the age group in the 500 free. She’ll be racing in the 1650 on Day 4 of the meet, so we’ll see if she’s got one more big swim left in her this week.

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2 years ago

Woodhead was born 2/7/64, so was 15 when she swam her 1:44.10 at the 1979 SC Nationals.

Reply to  WhoGoesHere
2 years ago

Interesting to have a down vote for correcting sloppy research from the writer.

2 years ago

Gosh that top 10 is an all star of recognizable names

DCC Parent
2 years ago
Reply to  DCC Parent
2 years ago

Thanks, you beat me to it. Was that in January 1979? Nearly 43 years ago.

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Reply to  Walter
2 years ago

Yup. I’m old enough to remember it…was an unbelievable swim back then and still is to this day (along with the other swims on this list).

Reply to  DCC Parent
2 years ago

Me too….