David Curtiss

View Current photo via Courtesy of Jack Spitser

David Curtiss is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. He is a World Jr silver medalist in the 50 free, 2022 2x NCAA All-American, and a member of the US national team.

High School

Curtiss attended and competed for Pennington High School in Pennington, New Jersey. During his senior year, Curtiss broke the national high school record in the 50 free, clocking a 19.11.

Curtiss was a part of NC State’s legendary recruiting class of 2021, which was ranked #1 by SwimSwam, NC State’s first-ever top class.

College (NC State)


Curtiss made an immediate impact during his first season with the Pack. At the ACC Championships, he won his first individual title in the 50 free, clocking 18.74 for the win. He also scored in the 100 free and swam the 100 back.

At the NCAA Championships, Curtiss earned All-American status as a member of NC State’s ACC record-setting 200 medley relay which finished 3rd. He was also 15th in the 50 free individually (19.22) and 39th in the 100 free (42.70).

National/International Competition

2019 World Jr Championships

In Budapest, Curtiss swam the 50 free, where he not only made the final and finished 2nd overall, but broke 22 seconds for the first time, clocking a 21.95 in semi-finals. That swim landed him on the 2019-2020 US National team, and subsequently the 2020-21 team as well.

2020 Olympic Trials

Prior to the Olympic Trials in 2021 while competing at the Pro Swim Series Stop in Richmond, Curtiss clocked a 21.87 50 free, a new PB that ranked him highly heading into trials.

In Omaha, Curtiss moved through prelims and semi-finals of the 50 free, qualifying for the final and ultimately finishing 6th in 22.12.

Curtiss’ swim from Richmond landed him on the US National team (2021-22) for the third year in a row.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 50 Free 2019 World Junior Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 50 Free 18.74 02/16/22 2022 ACC Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 100 Free 42.70 03/26/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, Georiga
lcm 50 Free 21.76 06/04/22 2022 Pro Swim Series
Mission Viejo, California
David Curtiss (photo: Jack Spitser) David Curtiss (photo: Jack Spitser) David Curtiss (photo: Jack Spitser) David Curtiss (photo: Jack Spitser) Courtesy: David Curtiss