13-year-old Claire Tuggle goes 4:47 in 500 free

by Kellie Lawicki 13

November 18th, 2017 Club, News, Previews & Recaps

Kevin Perry Senior Invitational

  • Fullerton, Ca
  • November 3-5, 2017
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results

Claire Tuggle of the Clovis Swim Club swam a lifetime best in the 500y freestyle with a time of 4:47.24 at the Kevin Perry Senior Invitational earlier this month.

She only turned 13 over summer, yet her new time is already the second fastest time this season (behind Florida native Olivia McMurray) and 31st on USA Swimming National Age Group rankings for the 13-14 age group.

Tuggle also shaved off 10-seconds from her personal-best in the 400 IM with a 4:20.89.

15-year-old Liberty Williams of Yucaipa Swim Team had a stellar meet herself. She was runner-up to Tuggle in the 500 free with a best time of 4:47.87. Williams smashed the rest of the distance races by winning the 1000 free (9:53.10) and 1650 (16:29.20).

Other notable winners

Harvard commit Sam Shelton wins the 200 back (1:55.12). Her prelims time of 1:59.16 was the first time she went under 2:00 totaling a 9-second time drop in this event. She also dropped a total of 5-seconds in the 200 IM going from a 2:02 to a 1:59.29 in prelims to a first-place finish of 1:57.99 at finals. Following the 200 IM pattern, she dropped a total of 13-seconds in the 400 IM going from a 4:25 to a 4:17.13 in prelims to yet another first-place finish of 4:12.27 at finals.

The men of Irvine Novaquatics dominated the meet with 6 individual wins from 6 different individuals and 2 relay wins.

  • Owen Kao (200 free – 1:38.34)
  • Kevin Tu (200 back – 1:47.63)
  • Henry Wu (200 breast – 2:01.68) – Duke commit
  • Aaron Pang (100 fly – 48.54) – Air Force commit
  • Andrew Koustik (200 fly – 1:44.72) – Texas commit
  • Jonathan Cheng (200 IM – 1:50.62) – Columbia commit

Mission Viejo Nadadores and Indiana University-Bloomington commit Michael Brinegar takes home 3 individual wins in the 500 (4:22.13), 1000 (9:07.88), and 1650 (15:02.50).

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6 years ago


6 years ago

My plan is now in motion…

6 years ago

She won because she’s an evil mastermind!

Chunky Ragú
6 years ago

When Chunky Ragú was 13 it went 4:34 500 free with a soar throat… where’s chunky’s article?

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6 years ago


6 years ago

I find the fascination with extremely young children to be odd. Tracking them and their times is just strange.

Reply to  Marmot
6 years ago

A 4:47 for a 13 year old girl is odd. I like reading about odd things

Gary P
Reply to  Marmot
6 years ago

When a 7th grader swims a time that would make her the #1 500 freestyler on 371 of 385 NCCA D1 college teams, its noteworthy.

People are interested, because she’s on a trajectory to be the next great American female distance swimmer. This performance confirms she’s still on track, and is worthy of a headline because of it.

Captain Ahab
Reply to  Marmot
6 years ago

This is not your diary.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
6 years ago

Sorry, but in the world of swimming 13 is not young. Not when you consider how many teenage girls (in particular) swim at the Olympic level. Claire will most likely be at Olympic trials, she might even put up a good showing or make the team. Remember Katie Ledecky was only a few years older in 2012 when she shocked the world.

Reply to  Marmot
6 years ago

The article was just a recap of a Socal senior meet. The author chose to headline it with Tuggle. No big deal.
It wasnt a break through swim for her just a solid in-season drop.

Justin Wright
6 years ago

Fresno repping! Love it!

6 years ago

Those drops from Sam Shelton aint no joke – what’s she been eating? I want some