Claire Curzan Becomes Youngest Woman Under 50 Seconds in 100 Butterfly


  • August 7-9, 2020
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • 25 yard (SCY) course
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2020 TAC Titans Invitational Meet”

NAG record-holder Claire Curzan became the youngest woman ever under 50 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly this evening at a TAC Titans Invitational meet in North Carolina. Curzan, 16, clocked a 49.73 to knock off her 50.03 previous best from the TAC Titans’ last intrasquad in July.


  • First 50 – 23.07
  • Second 50 – 26.66
  • Total – 49.73

Curzan entered the summer with the 15-16 NAG set at 50.35; at the end of July, USA Swimming clarified confusion around the legitimacy and official nature of July performances by ratifying her 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly NAG marks from the July intrasquad.

When Curzan went 50.03 in July, she raced in a heat with seven boys; tonight, she swam in a girls-only heat. Curzan’s 50.03 made her the fastest junior in yards history ahead of 17-18 NAG record-holder Olivia Bray (50.19), and she’s now almost half-a-second ahead of Bray in the 18 & under all-time rankings.

Tonight’s swim makes her the fifth-fastest performer in history in this event, and she’s the first woman to break 50 seconds as an 18 & under. A rising high school junior, Curzan would’ve placed third at the last NCAA Championships (in 2019) in the 100 fly behind only Louise Hansson and Maggie MacNeil, who are tied for the fastest performance in history at 49.26.

All-Time Top Performers, Women’s 100 Yard Butterfly

  1. (TIE) Louise Hansson, 2019/Maggie MacNeil, 2019 – 49.26
  2. Erika Brown, 2020 – 49.38
  3. Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell), 2016 – 49.43
  4. Claire Curzan, 2020 – 49.73 – 15-16 NAG record
  5. Katie McLaughlin, 2019 – 49.97
  6. Natalie Coughlin, 2002 – 50.01
  7. Farida Osman, 2017 – 50.05
  8. Rachel Komisarz, 2007 – 50.10
  9. Olivia Bray, 2019 – 50.19 – 17-18 NAG record

Tonight, Curzan won the race by almost four full seconds; Marlins of Raleigh’s Abby Arens, an NC State commit, posted a 53.54 to take second.

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1 month ago

Stanford bound!

Also MD Also Swimdad
Reply to  Curious
1 month ago

Tokyo bound?

Reply to  Also MD Also Swimdad
1 month ago

I so hope she will have a great trials and Olympics assuming the games will be actually held

Mimi & Papa Curzan
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

Keeping our fingers crossed for all those great athletes.

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  Curious
1 month ago

Stanford is a long way from home

Reply to  Curious
1 month ago

At the age of 16?

Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

She gonna go 48 at the end of this year that’s ridiculous she’ll take the record to new territory

Circle swim
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

Awesome swim! I can’t imagine that she was fully tapered…. wow!

1 month ago

Race video?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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