The Indiana Long Course Championships kicked off today in Indianapolis, and one swim in particular is worth drawing attention to. 13-year-old Emily Weiss went 1:11.19 to win the 100 breaststroke, putting up the fastest time for a 13-year-old girl that we could find in USA Swimming’s database.
Weiss swims for Cardinal Community Swim Club out of Muncie, Indiana under head coach Tony Santino.
We were able to track USA Swimming’s database back as far as 1998, and the fastest 100 breaststroke time for a 13-year-old girl in that time frame was Carly Geehr‘s 1:11.49 from the 1998 National Championships. Weiss’s time is almost a half-second faster than that.
At 13, Weiss is about 3 seconds off the 13-14 National Age Group record in the event, which is an extremely-fast 1:08.09 set by Amanda Beard back in 1996. With that time, Beard won Olympic silver in Atlanta in the individual 100 breast.
Beard isn’t in USA Swimming’s records as a 13-year-old, so there’s no way to compare Weiss’s standing to where Beard was. The other USA Swimming-registered swimmers on record going 1:11 as a 13-year-old are Geehr, Britain’s Emma Cain (1:11.77 in 2013), Allie Szekely (1:11.85 in 2011) and Olivia Ross (1:11.96 in 2008). And, as our readers have pointed out, SwimSwam contributor Carly Geehr swam a 1:09.87 at Nationals when she was just 12.
Weiss went out in 33.4, a great 50 time on its own. Her back-half was 37.7 en route to the 1:11.1 that ranks #17 on USA Swimming’s list of all-time top performers in the 13-14 age bracket.
You can find full results of the Indiana meet on Meet Mobile. The meet continues through Saturday night.