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13-12 months Previous Claire Weinstein Turns into Youngest Qualifier for 2021 Olympic Trials

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2021 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – RICHMOND

13-year previous Claire Weinstein has grow to be the youngest qualifier for the 2021 US Olympic Swimming Trials.

Weinstein completed in fifth place on Thursday night within the ladies’s 800 free in Richmond, Virginia – one in all two websites for the split-location Professional Swim Collection meet this weekend. The Westchester Aquatic Membership trainee swam a finest time of 8:45.34. That dips nicely below the Olympic Trials minimize of 8:48.09.

Weinstein beat her earlier finest time of 9:06.85, achieved in February of 2020, by 21 seconds. That enchancment just isn’t an enormous shock given her drops in different races since returning to racing. She has swum an extended course meet, the Richmond cease of the US Open collection, since then, however solely raced the 200, 400, and 1500 freestyles at that meet.

USA Swimming doesn’t preserve all-time single-age rankings, however since 2010 that swim ranks Weinstein because the Sixth-fastest 13-year previous within the occasion.

Prime 10 American 13-12 months Olds, January 1, 2010 via Current, Ladies’s 800 LCM Free

  1. Claire Tuggle, Clovis Swim Membership, 8:37.27
  2. Katie Grimes, Sandpipers of Nevada, 8:37.46
  3. Bella Rongione, The Fish, 8:39.09
  4. Becca Mann, Clearwater Aquatic Group, 8:41.64
  5. Jillian Cox, Austin Trinity Aquatic Membership, 8:44.20
  6. Claire Weinstein, 8:45.34
  7. Madelyn Donohoe, The Fish, 8:46.11
  8. Summer time Finke, St. Petersburg Aquatics, 8:48.68
  9. Courtney Harnish, York YMCA, 8:49.13
  10. Maddie Homovich, North Carolina Aquatic Membership, 8:49.49

Despite nonetheless being on the youthful half of the age group, Weinstein is now the 46th-fastest 13-14 in historical past within the occasion. She ranks simply behind Lola Mull, Erika Hansen, and present US Nationwide Teamer Erica Sullivan, who’s the highest seed tonight on the meet’s different web site in San Antonio.

Presuming USA Swimming leaves the time requirements in-tact for the coronavirus-delayed Olympic Trials, Weinstein turns into the 60th American to hit the usual to this point within the qualifying interval. All of these qualifiers received’t essentially race the occasion at Trials, however by comparability, 81 swimmers entered that occasion in 2016.

US Nationwide Teamer and 2021 confirmed US Olympian in open water Ashley Twichell received the occasion in 8:35.16. Caroline Pennington of the TAC Titans was 2nd in 8:40.50.

Different swimmers in that race who hit new Olympic Trials requirements embrace 15-year previous Cavan Gormsen, who was 4th in 8:43.87; 16-year previous Claire Dafoe, who was Sixth in 8:46.94; and 16-year previous Emma Hastings, who was seventh in 8:47.30. Gormsen was already certified for Trials within the 400 free, whereas for Hastings and Dafoe this was additionally a primary qualification.