Weinstein Shaves 17 Seconds Off 1650 Best, Shimizu-Bowers Drops 4:13 PR in IM

BGNW WINTER SENIOR CHAMPS INVITE

  • February 19-21, 2021
  • Mount Kisco, NY
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results – Meet Mobile

The BGNW Marlins are hosting a meet this weekend with some of the top club swimmers in the Metropolitan LSC, including 13-year-old phenom Claire Weinstein.

Weinstein, who snagged Olympic Trials Wave I cuts in the 400m free and 800m free in January to become the youngest qualifier for the meet, kicked off her weekend with a 16:29.20 in the mile on Friday night. That’s a new best by 17 seconds for the Westchester Aquatic Club freestyler. She fell just short of the win, as 17-year-old Kristin Cornish of Badger Swim Club took the victory at 16:25.86, taking off 12 seconds herself.

Later in the session, Weinstein anchored Westchester Aquatic Club’s 4×200 free relay in a 1:49.27. Sabrina Johnston led off BGNW’s relay with a 1:48.55, a new best by over two seconds for the Princeton commit.

On Saturday afternoon, Weinstein had a fresh go at the 200 free, able to take .05 off of her old best to win it in 1:47.61. Already the #2 swimmer in 13-year-old history, she inches ever-so-slightly closer to Claire Tuggle’s 1:44.96 from 2018, the quickest time ever by a 13-year-old girl. At the end of the session, Weinstein slashed nine seconds off of her old best, breaking 4:20 and touching at 4:19.39 in the 400 IM.

Badger 16-year-old Hana Shimizu-Bowers had a big session on Saturday, too. The recent Northwestern commit sliced almost two seconds off of her old best in the 200 free with a new PR of 1:48.05, just behind Weinstein. In the 400 IM, Shimizu-Bowers swam to the win, dropping nearly six full seconds to go a new best of 4:13.76.

In the men’s 200 free, three Badger teammates battled to the finish under 1:40. Hunter Kim finished on top in 1:39.17, just ahead of Bucknell commit Justin DiSanto (1:39.53) and high school sophomore Christian Lee (1:39.96). It was the first time any of them have been under 1:40.

Coming back in the 100 breast, Disanto clocked a lifetime best 55.90 for the win.

Max Hardart, a 17-year-old from Badger, set a new personal best with his win in the 400 IM (3:56.84). Hardart won the mile on Friday night, just off of a best with a 15:44.64.

OTHER WINNERS

  • On Saturday, Johnston added a new best 50.04 to win the 100 free, shortly after she won the 100 back in a near-best 54.61.
  • Badger 17-year-old Vanessa Chong came close to a best in the 200 fly, winning in 1:57.77. Her teammate Joy Jiang took second in 1:58.57, taking seven-tenths off of her old best.
  • BGNW’s John Laidlaw clocked a 1:50.62 to win the 200 fly, dropping almost a second. Laidlaw is a Columbia University commit.
  • In the 100 back, Miami (OH) alum Ryan Wagner, competing with Phoenix Aquatic Club, picked up a win at 50.11.
  • 20-year-old Tim Park won the 100 free with a time of 46.40.

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Lil Swimmy
7 months ago

sub 16:30!!! under 1:00 pace for the whole thing! very impressive

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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