Claire Tuggle

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Tuggle is the national age group (NAG) record holder in the 200 meter freestyle and 500 meter freestyle for both the 10 and under and 11-12 age groups. She also owns the record for short course 200 IM for the 11-12 age group. On the long course, Tuggle boasts the standard for the 400m free at the 10 and under and 11-12 age levels and the 200 free on the 11-12 level.

August 2017 – NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships

As a 13 year old, Tuggle won the 13-14 age group title in the 200 meter freestyle, 400 free and the 800 free. She also finished second in the 100 free.

In the 800 free, Tuggle posted an 8:43.57 to earn gold, a PR of more than 15 seconds. In the 200 free, the Clovis Swim Club member posted a 2:00.63 to take the title, a time which ranks eighth all-time in the age group behind Taylor Ruck and Katie Ledecky. In the 400, she posted a 4:15.45.

Tuggle finished second with a time of 56.74 in the 100 meter freestyle. The time ranks 19th all-time among the 13-14 age group.

March 2018 – NCSA Junior National Championships

Tuggle swam a 1:44.96 in the 200m free at the Junior National Championships in Orlando, the second fastest time ever in the 13-14 age group behind Missy Franklin’s 1:44.55 in 2010.

Tuggle posted a lifetime best (4:41.36), outdoing 15 year old Ashley Strouse and posting the fifth-best time for 13-14 year old girls in the 500 free.

Granite Ridge Intermediate School

Tuggle was named Granite Ridge Girls Athlete of the Year in 2018.

July 2018 – Phillips 66 National Championships

Tuggle recorded the second fastest 200 freestyle time ever by an American female in the 13-14 age group, posting a personal best 1:58.59 in the event preliminary round on July 26. The time is just six hundredths of a second off the American 13-14 record of 1:58.53 set by Sippy Brennan in 1978 and tops her previous best of 1:59.11 from the 2018 Irish Open in April.


Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 200 Free 1:58.59 07/26/18 NCSA Junior Nationals
Irvine, California
lcm 800 Free 8:37.27 04/05/18 Irish Open Swimming Championships
Dublin, Ireland
scy 500 Free 4:41.36 03/16/18 NCSA Spring Championships
Orlando, Florida
lcm 400 Free 4:10.11 08/02/18 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals
Irvine, California
Claire Tuggle (Linda Maier Photography) Claire Tuggle (Linda Maier Photography) Claire Tuggle (Linda Maier Photography) Claire Tuggle after breaking NAG records in 200y and 500y free at Far Westerns