Sandpipers of Nevada 17-year-old Katie Grimes clocked a personal-best 4:31.81 to win the women’s 400 IM final at the 2023 Fran Crippen SMOC meet on Saturday night, making her the second-fastest swimmer ever in the U.S. girls’ 17-18 national age group (NAG) rankings.
Top 400 IMers, U.S. Girls’ 17-18 NAG Rankings
- Elizabeth Beisel – 4:31.78
- Katie Grimes – 4:31.81
- Katie Hoff – 4:32.89
- Emma Weyant – 4:35.47
- Dagny Knutson – 4:36.02
This is your LIVEBARN Race of the Week because Grimes is now less than a second away from breaking the American record of 4:31.12 that Katie Hoff set back at the 2008 Olympic Trials, and she’s still in high school. Grimes is also the second-fastest in the world this season behind Summer McIntosh‘s world-record 4:25.87 from earlier this month.
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