Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
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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