Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Tuggle Breaks Third-Oldest NAG Record


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Get used to the name Claire Tuggle.

The 12-year-old freestyler from the Clovis Swim Club in California is quickly rewriting the National Age Group record books by taking down one of swimming’s most storied names. This past weekend, Tuggle broke a 40-year-old NAG record in the 500 freestyle set by Olympic medalist, world champ and former world record-holder Sippy Woodhead.

Tuggle went 4:49.32 on Friday night, becoming just the second 11-12 to ever break 4:50 in the event. She took two tenths off of Woodhead’s record, which was the third-oldest record left on the USA Swimming NAG record books. Woodhead set the record back in 1977.

Tuggle also broke the 200 freestyle NAG record twice on Thursday, showing historic age group speed in the mid-distance freestyle events.



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3 years ago

Sippy Woodhead was a beast

phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

I think Woodhead swam a 4:22 400 free when she was 12. I’m looking forward to following this young lady’s progress. She has a promising future!

3 years ago

We need to see how she swims in the BIG POOL. Can’t wait to see her long course swims!

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

She swims really fast in the “Bog Pool”

bobo gigi
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

We already know that. She’s brilliant in long course too.
At the end of her 11 years and at the start of her 12 years last summer she swam 58.60/2.06.44/4.27.34/9.38.33/17.50.10 on freestyle. Add 2.47.90 in the 200 breast, 2.26.94 in the 200 IM and 5.11.04 in the 400 IM.
And when you know how much she has improved since then, next summer I think we can expect LCM times around 55 high/56 low in the 100 free, 2.01/2.02 in the 200 free and 4.18/4.20 in the 400 free. And maybe sub 9 minutes in the 800 free, sub 17 minutes in the 1500 free and sub 5 minutes in the 400 IM too.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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