Claire Curzan Breaks Eastin’s 17-18 SCY 200 Fly NAG with 1:50.85 at Cary

2022 CARY SECTIONALS (ESSZ)

  • March 10-13, 2022
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards), prelims/finals
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  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2022 Speedo ESSZ Spring SC Champs – 2 Pools”

Claire Curzan is just simply on another level. The TAC 17-year-old has broken another 17-18 girls NAG, this time in the SCY 200 fly. At the Cary Sectional meet last night, Curzan clocked a massive personal best in the 200 fly. Winning the race in 1:50.85, the U.S. Olympian broke Ella Eastin‘s 17-18 NAG of 1:51.04.

The swim was a personal best by nearly 3 seconds for Curzan, and breaking the NAG is really just the tip of the iceberg. With the performance, Curzan is now the #7 performer all-time in the women’s SCY 200 fly, the #6 American all-time, and her performance is the #10 performance all-time.

Before I reveal the new all-time top 5 for the girls 17-18 SCY 200 fly, we need to note that Curzan wasn’t the only swimmer in the field last night with a historic swim. Fellow 17-year-old Kiley Wilhelm (Life Time Swim Team), who, as far as I can tell, hasn’t yet made a college decision, roared to a new personal bet of 1:52.54. For Wilhelm, the swim marked a new personal best by 7 seconds. With the performance, she’s now the #3 performer all-time in the 17-18 age group.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into it. Her is the newly-updated list of all-time top 5 performers in the girls 17-18 200 fly:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 1:50.85 Claire Curzan 2022 Speedo ESSZ Spring SC Champs
2 1:51.04 Ella Eastin 2016 NCAA DI – Women
3 1:52.54 Kiley Wilhelm 2022 Speedo ESSZ Spring SC Champs
4 1:52.70 Charlotte Hook 2021 NC TAC EESZ SC Sectional
5 1:52.92 Janet Hu 2014 FL AP NCSA Spring Championship

Curzan has bumped herself up into a whole new echelon in the event. Here are the all-time top 10 performers in the women’s SCY 200 fly:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 1:49.51 Ella Eastin 2018 Pac-12 Champs
2 1:49.78 Regan Smith 2021 MN AQJT March invite
3 1:49.92 Elaine Breeden 2009 PAC 10 Champs
4 1:50.28 Louise Hansson 2019 NCAA DI – Women
5 1:50.61 Kelsi Dahlia 2016 NCAA DI – Women
6 1:50.80 Grace Oglesby 2019 NCAA DI – Women
7 1:50.85 Claire Curzan 2022 Speedo ESSZ Spring SC Champs
8 1:51.02 Katinka Hosszu 2010 NCAA DI – Women
9 1:51.09 Katie McLaughlin 2019 NCAA DI – Women
10 1:51.18 Kathleen Hersey 2009 NCAA DI – Women

Curzan is also now the #6 American all-time in the event, behind only Ella Eastin, Regan Smith, Elaine Breeden, Kelsi Dahlia, and Grace Oglesby.

Here is the list of all-time performances in the women’s SCY 200 fly:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 1:49.51 Ella Eastin 2018 Pac-12 Champs
2 1:49.78 Regan Smith 2021 MN AQJT March Invite
3 1:49.92 Elaine Breeden 2009 PAC 10 Champs
4 1:50.01 Ella Eastin 2018 NCAA DI – Women
5 1:50.28 Louise Hansson 2019 NCAA DI – Women
6 1:50.46 Ella Eastin 2019 NCAA DI – Women
7 1:50.61 Kelsi Dahlia 2016 NCAA DI – Women
8 1:50.68 Louise Hansson 2019 Pac-12 Champs
9 1:50.80 Grace Oglesby 2019 NCAA DI – Women
10 1:50.85 Claire Curzan 2022 Speedo ESSZ Spring SC Champs

Finally, here is a split comparison between Curzan’s swim last night, Ella Eastin‘s previous NAG of 1:51.04 from the 2016 NCAAs, and Eastin’s American Record of 1:49.51 from the 2018 Pac-12s.

Split Claire Curzan – 2022 Cary Sectional (17-18 NAG) Ella Eastin – 2016 NCAAs (Previous 17-18 NAG) Ella Eastin – 2018 Pac-12s (American Record)
1st 50 24.48 25.15 25.27
2nd 50 27.89 (52.37) 28.25 (53.40) 28.24 (53.37)
3rd 50 28.31 (1:20.68) 28.60 (1:22.00) 27.87 (1:21.38)
4th 50 30.17 29.04 28.13
Final Time 1:50.85 1:51.04 1:49.51

What’s most notable here is just how differently Curzan and Eastin approach the race, Typically thought of as more of a sprinter, Curzan used her speed to her advantage on the front half of the race last night, getting out to a 52.37 on the first 100 of the race. Curzan’s 3rd 50 split of 28.31 is fairly competitive with Eastin’s AR split of 27.87, but the 30.17 on the final 50 is vastly slower than Eastin’s closing speed.

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Pacific whirl
3 months ago

World records await for her.

Teamwiess
3 months ago

Great swims by both women. An additional note I haven’t seen on Swimswam but Coleman Stewart went a 43.70 100 back at the same meet. One of the fastest times ever.

Anonymoose
3 months ago

basically expected at this point from her

Big Mac #1
3 months ago

The classic fly and die method

FlynDie
Reply to  Big Mac #1
3 months ago

My favorite method

Big Mac #1
3 months ago

Seriously, what will she swim in college?

Negative Nora (they/them)
Reply to  Big Mac #1
3 months ago

50 FR 100FL 100 BK —or— 50 FR, One of the 100s, 200 BKor100FR
Stanford will have lots of depth in butterfly, so I could honestly see her doing backstroke. 100 FR is an option too, and I hope she continues to develop in that event – specifically in LCM.

Coach Tom
3 months ago

Her parents are great motivators!

Tomek
3 months ago

I remember having high hopes for Eastin representing USA for a long period of time but medical condition cut her career short

Observer
3 months ago

She is not slow