2018 Irish Open: Tuggle 2:15.93 2IM, Hyland With 2nd Fly Nat Record


Irishman Brendan Hyland concluded the 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships on a huge high note, as the 22-year-old claimed his 2nd national record of the meet.

After already nailing a 200m butterfly record en route to gold earlier in the meet, the National Centre Dublin athlete crushed a 100m butterfly mark of 52.62 to dip under the 53-second threshold for the first time of his career. The previous record stood at 53.26. Hyland’s performance resulted in his winning the 7th consecutive 100m fly Irish national title.

American teen Claire Tuggle raced her way to another victory in her first elite overseas meet, clinching the 200m IM victory. Entering the Irish Open her personal best in the event stood at the 2:19.69 clocked last July. However, the Clovis Swim Club athlete split 29.26/36.40/39.40/30.87 to take the win in a monster lifetime best of 2:15.93.

As with her other impressive performances at this meet, including her 200m free and 400m free, Tuggle now checks-in among the best-ever American women aged 13-14 in this 200m IM event.

Top 5 American Women (13-14) 200m IM of All-Time:

  1. Missy Franklin, 2:12.73, 2009
  2. Katie Hoff, 2:15.26, 2004
  3. Alex Walsh, 2:15.84, 2015
  4. Claire Tuggle, 2:15.93, 2018
  5. Allie Szekely, 2:15.98, 2012

Additional Winners on the Day:

  • Jack McMillan took the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:50.34.
  • Millfield’s Brodie Williams was the night’s 200m backstroke winner, earning gold in 1:58.79.
  • America’s Isabelle Stadden won the women’s 200m back in 2:12.01.

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I was like WHAT?!! 2:12?!!! But then I realized that the headline was a typo.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

I believed the headline, which was scary. I also couldn’t imagine that it wasn’t a NAG, which makes me appreciate Missy’s swim even more.

bobo gigi

That 2.12 has been made in magical suits.


Need to wait for US nationals for that one


I don’t know how useful the historical comparison of personal bests of other swimmers of same age is. More helpful would be the comparison of their progresses. If one is in the business of predicting career best times of Miss. Tuggle then the analysis of her most recent progress can be of some help. If she continues with same pace of improvements and there would no progress in swimming competition then it will take her another 3-4 years to be a contender for medals at major meets and she actually can miss Tokio 2020. If her progress is accelerating then Americans may have somebody like Ariarne Titmus right in Olympic Year. If her progress is slowing down then we have… Read more »

bobo gigi

Day 5 finals’ session
Women’s 200 IM at 41 min 30 in the video
Women’s 200 back at 1 h 28 min in the video

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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