Claire Curzan Breaks Down Going 56.20 100m Fly

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We sat down with Claire Curzan, the 16-year-old swimmer for the TAC Titans who turned heads when she dropped a 56.20 100m fly 2 weekends ago in Cary, North Carolina. Swimming fans had already been looking forward to this meet, as Curzan and fellow age-group star Torri Huske were slated to race in the 50/100 free and 100 fly. Huske ended up taking the 50 and 100 free races, while Curzan won the 100 fly, becoming the #2 American performer in history with her swim. Curzan admits that her goal in the race was to come home in under 30, which she did (29.99), and therefore didn’t even know her final time until her teammate told her in the warm down pool.

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ZanBai
26 days ago

Nice. Can’t wait for the trials.

PFA
26 days ago

Unrelated to the swim but could someone explain the Stanford decision process because I keep hearing Claire could possibly be going there since we haven’t heard a college decision from her yet?

Last edited 26 days ago by PFA
Riccardo
Reply to  PFA
26 days ago

I don’t know if there is anything to that at all.

But to answer your question if a really high end recruit is still “uncommitted” really late in the process it is likely they are destined for Stanford or an Ivy and are just waiting on official word as to whether or not they’ve gotten in. Obviously you don’t want to publicly commit somewhere and then find out you didn’t get into school.

I don’t think we are at that point in the process yet though.

Last edited 26 days ago by Riccardo
PFA
Reply to  Riccardo
25 days ago

Yeah I just didn’t understand too well how it works with ivies and Stanford thank you.

PFA
Reply to  PFA
25 days ago

Probably best I don’t judge a book by its cover though.

Hswimmer
26 days ago

55 low when she gets more rest.

FlynDie
Reply to  Hswimmer
26 days ago

Did you hear what she said though? She’s been swimming out of her mind with little to no rest. Resting doesn’t mean exponential time drops, and it’s not apart of the formula for every swimmer. Ledecky is a prime example.

Hswimmer
Reply to  FlynDie
26 days ago

Trials is a big meet and I’m thinking she still goes that fast either way. She doesn’t even have to rest really, but I bet she goes in all out

Breezeway
Reply to  Hswimmer
26 days ago

Can’t wait to see all these fast times and records drop when everyone is “rested” in June/July. Seems nobody “rests” anymore

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Breezeway
26 days ago

Ledecky does not need to rest for the 2021 Olympic Team Trials. Ledecky’s times at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo will easily qualify in the women’s 200 FR, 400 FR, 1500 FR. As a matter of fact, the aforementioned times ranked in the Top 25 All-Time Performance List.

https://www.usaswimming.org/times/data-hub/all-time-top-performers

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

Do you know she wasn’t rested, even partially?

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Irish Ringer
25 days ago

Ledecky does not need no stinkin’ taper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEkVG3Qm1RA

1:14

Yozhik
Reply to  Irish Ringer
25 days ago

At last PSS meet Ledecky definitely was focusing on her sprint performance. Probably therefore she skipped 800 race on day one before 200FR competition where she was superb. Her 100FR was her 4th ever best individual race at this distance. We can only guess why she did it and what this meet ment to her. But this meet wasn’t her regular training in-season meet; that is for sure. And if it’s so some special preparation was done that may included some resting.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Hswimmer
26 days ago

Shaved/tapered means less than wearing a fast suit. Fast suits make such a big difference particularly for the women. I fully believe she wasn’t really rested, am will go faster when she is shaved/tapered.

20 years ago people didn’t swim fast in season. We all thought it was because they were tired, which is definitely a big part of it. I’d argue that now that everyone wears a fast suit for every meet, that’s why in season times have become so fast.

The only meets where people don’t typically swim super fast in season are in college dual meets. Why-because they aren’t suited up. If you look at the in season meets where people we wearing suits they… Read more »

Hswimmer
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
26 days ago

Yeah I know

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Hswimmer
25 days ago

The world record in the women’s 100 meter butterfly is 55.48 seconds.

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