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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Weinstein Wins World Aquatics Open Water World Cup - Funchal


Claire Weinstein (White Plains, N.Y./Sandpipers of Nevada) won gold today in the women’s 10-kilometer race at the World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup in Funchal, Portugal.  

Weinstein, 16, took the lead through choppy waters on lap five of six and won dominantly, nearly two minutes ahead of second-place finisher Bettina Fabian of Hungary.  

“This is only my second international open water race, so I just kind of wanted to go in and do my best,” Weinstein said. “Swimming in wavy water is definitely difficult for me; I’m used to the pool, so I like it when it’s flat. I just wanted to stay at the front of the pack and see how good I could do. I’m not really that good at being in the back and moving up, so I just wanted to stay in front and hopefully hold it.”  

In May, Weinstein finished 24th at the open water swimming world cup in Golfo Aranci, Italy. This win marks Weinstein’s first open-level international open water medal. Last year, she won gold in the women’s 5k and mixed 4x1500m at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Mahé, Seychelles. 

Women’s 10k Results 
1 – Claire Weinstein (White Plains, N.Y./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:56:54.30 
4 – Mariah Denigan (Walton, Ky./Indiana University), 1:58:09.70 
5 – Katie Grimes (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:58:09.90 
35 – Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./TAC Titans), 2:01:32.20 
60 – Leah DeGeorge (Anchorage, Alaska/University of Florida), 2:12:28.40 

Men’s 10k Results 
24 – Ivan Puskovitch (Westchester, Pa./TSM Aquatics), 1:45:40.50 
40 – Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./The Swim Team), 1:46:38.40 
42 – Josh Brown (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:46:40.30 
46 – Dylan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Arizona State University), 1:47:00.70 
47 – Joey Tepper (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./University of Tennessee), 1:47:15.20 
48 – Brennan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./University of Florida), 1:47:58.40 
52 – Luke Ellis (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:48:56.50 
56 – Gabe Manteufel (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:49:57.80 
58 – Simon Lamar (Hacienda Heights, Calif./Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team), 1:50:00.60 
81 – David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tennessee Aquatics), 1:58:50.00 

Watch the replay on the World Aquatics YouTube channel

The competition concludes tomorrow with the mixed 4x1500m relay. This World Cup is the fifth and final leg of the open water series, with awards also presented for the overall men’s and women’s winners and the newly introduced annual awards for the 2023 season. For more information, please visit the event page on the World Aquatics website.  

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