2018 Irish Open Day 4: Tuggle Dips Under 2:00 Barrier In 2Free


After Irish swimmers Shane Ryan and Brendan Hyland already broke national records in their respective 100m free and 200m fly events earlier this week, Mona McSharry followed suit with a new standard of her own.

While competing on night 4 of the 2018 Irish Open, the 17-year-old World Junior champion earned a new national record in the women’s 50m freestyle, clocking 25.54 for gold. That mark shaved .02 off of the newly-minted NR of 25.56 registered by Danielle Hill at the Commonwealth Games. The record is added to McSharry’s other national marks in the 50m/1000m/200m breaststroke events.

Finishing just .11 behind McSharry in the women’s splash n’ dash was Katie Stark, who notched a silver medal effort of 25.65, followed by America’s Talia Bates who earned bronze in 25.77.

Another American, Willie Davis, scored the only men’s 50m freestyle time under the 23-second threshold for the win. Davis touched in 22.85, the 4th fastest time of his young career.

Teen teammate Claire Tuggle was back in action tonight as well, winning the women’s 200m freestyle race. Splitting 57.91/1:01.20, Tuggle dipped under the 2-minute threshold for the first time ever, surpassing her previous personal best of 2:00.63 set at last year’s NCSA Summer Championships.

With her performance in Dublin tonight, Tuggle checks-in as the 3rd fastest American 13-14 ever in the event:

Top 5 American Women, Aged 13-14, Women’s 200m freestyle

  1. Sippy Brennan, 1:58.53, 1978
  2. Missy Franklin, 1:58,67, 2009
  3. Claire Tuggle, 1:59.11, 2018
  4. Chelsea Chenault, 1:59.14, 2009
  5. Quinn Carrozza, 1:59.19, 2011

Tuggle’s teammates did some major damage in the women’s 100m backstroke event as well, with Isabelle Stadden and Phoebe Bacon finishing 1-2 in times bordering on the minute threshold. Stadden threw down a personal best of 1:00.06 for gold, while Bacon touched just .03 behind in 1:00.09 for silver.

Both women now fall among the United States’ fastest 15-16 year-old females of all time:

  1. Regan Smith, 58.95, 2017
  2. Missy Franklin, 59.18, 2011
  3. Rachel Bootsma, 59.77, 2009
  4. Elizabeth Pelton, 59.99, 2010
  5. Isabelle Stadden, 1:00.06, 2018
  6. Phoebe Bacon, 1:00.09, 2018

Additional Winners on the Day:

  • Ben Griffin was tonight’s 200m IM winner, clocking 2:03.1o to stand atop the podium.
  • The men’s 100m backstroke saw Shane Ryan beat out Englishman Christopher Walker-Hebborn, registering a winning effort of 53.96 to CWH’s 54.23.


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Future is very bright for Ms. Tuggle. Her trajectory suggests she’ll be in the mix for 800 FR on the 2020 Tokyo team. And those are some outstanding 15-16 100 backstroke times. USA now has 3 girls 15-16 going 1:00.0 or better (with Smith going :58 already). Wow

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Imagine is she’s reading this lol.


Looks like Ledecky’s successor already has a successor herself.


Maybe. I don’t want to place too high hopes on her already.


I expected Phoebe Bacon into the 59s this season, and that seems quite likely now, but I have to admit I hadnt heard of Isabelle Stadden – Very impressive. Claire Tuggle well and truly looks the real deal; Ledecky already looked to have her hands full in the 200 with Ruck and Titmus… Might there be another to keep an eye on over the next 2 years now? Tuggle could turn out to be just about anything. Exciting!


Ledecky might be trending 400-1500 at the Olympics and just leaving 200 for the relay. She goes down as the undisputed best female swimmer ever if she does that.


It seems premature to be writing the obituary of Ledecky’s 200. How many women have ever gone 1:53 (as she has)? And that wasn’t very long ago.


Agree. I don’t understand where this pessimism comes from. Since 1:53.7 in Rio there was only ONE unsuccessful race at 200 event – 1:55.16 A lot of swimmers are dreaming to be that “unsuccessful”. It happened to be a final race at WC and that fact of losing for the first time creates an illusion of troubles in this event. But not result by itself. Ledecky finished the season being #1 (1:54.6). At the same championships she swam second her fast splits at 200. In her first college year she bettered her personal best at 200y. At last NCAA finals 200 was the only event where she was better than previous season (split 1:39.8). I think that 200 record (at… Read more »

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