Charlotte Crush Breaks Her Own U.S. 13-14 NAG With 50.44 100 Back At Southern Premier

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 12

March 05th, 2023 Club, National, News


  • March 3-6, 2023
  • Centennial Sportsplex, Nashville, TN
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Psych Sheet
  • Live Results (MeetMobile)/Web results

14-year-old Charlotte Crush of Lakeside Swim Team has broken yet another National Age group record at the 2023 Speedo Southern Premier meet. This time, she swam a 50.44 in the 100 back during Sunday’s finals session, taking a significant amount off her U.S. 13-14 girls’ NAG time of 51.00 set this morning in prelims to become the youngest female swimmer to break the 51-point barrier.

Crush, who will be turning 15 in a few weeks, would also rank #2 all-time in the 15-16 age group behind Olympian Claire Curzan, who holds the 15-16 NAG with a time of 50.04.

All-Time Top Performers, Girls 100 Yard Back, U.S. 13-14 Age Group:

  1. Charlotte Crush — 50.44 (2023)
  2. Levenia Sim — 51.03 (2021)
  3. Regan Smith — 51.09 (2016)
  4. Claire Curzan — 51.23 (2019)
  5. Alex Walsh — 51.62 (2015)

In less than a year, Crush has broken the 13-14 NAG in the 100 back a total of three times. She first broke Levenia Sim’s old record time by 0.02 seconds to go 51.03 at Winter Juniors, before resetting her own record twice at Souther Premier.

Compared to prelims, Crush made significant improvements on both ends of her race, taking her swim out 0.35 seconds faster and coming home 0.21 seconds faster.

Charlotte Crush Splits Comparison, Prelims vs. Finals:

Charlotte Crush, Southern Premier Finals (new NAG) Charlotte Crush, Southern Premier Prelims (old NAG)
50y 24.37 24.72
100y 26.07 26.28
Total 50.44 51.00

Earlier on Friday, Crush also broke the 13-14 NAG in the 200 back, swimming a 1:50.95 to break Missy Franklin‘s old mark of 1:51.07 set over a decade ago. She also swam personal best times in the 200 free (1:47.58), 200 fly (1:57.67), and 200 IM 1:59.69).

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Mike McCormack
5 months ago

Phenomenal. But more phenomenal is that her 100 fly and back translate well to LCM in spite of her having almost Frankensteiningly powerful underwaters for such a young girl (and a HUGE SCY advantage). She ought to get into that lake-cut 50m pool at Lakeside and STAY there for a few seasons… get her LCMs together the way McIntosh has been fortunate throughout her career to do. I know that’s probably a pipedream of mine though; her sibs all have gone to US college and its SCY format (I think they all have, or will), and it’s unlikely Charlotte does otherwise. Go pro? It would behoove her in her chances for Paris — this I know. But we’ll watch and… Read more »

6 months ago

This is INSANE!!! Holy moly.

6 months ago

Surprised more people aren’t goin bananas over this. Five years ago this would’ve been one of the fastest swims of all time and she’s only 14

Demarrit Steenbergen
6 months ago

She has crushed it this weekend

Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  Demarrit Steenbergen
6 months ago

I apologize, low hanging fruit is not always the best fruit

100 IM Connoisseur
6 months ago

This girl might make a big splash at trials 2024

6 months ago

Me happy with 51.4 at 19 😳

6 months ago

Where she gets all this power from? This is great time for 14 years old!

Reply to  Tomek
6 months ago

As article says she is turning 15 in a few weeks. It isn’t that rare to be an Olympic champion at 15.

Reply to  Yozhik
6 months ago

I think we have different definitions of “that rare.”

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

I can make the logic work.

It’s rare to be an Olympic champion at any age. There are more 15 yo Olympic champions than there are Olympic champions that are 65+.

Therefore, it is not that rare to be an Olympic champion at 15.

Reply to  Yozhik
6 months ago

Well she would be 16 in Paris…

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Yanyan Li

Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming by being her high school swim team's manager for four years. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in January 2022, where she hopes to contribute to and learn more about …

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