Claire Curzan Breaks Gretchen Walsh’s 15-16 NAG With 24.45 In 50m Free

16-year-old Claire Curzan smashed a 24.45 in the 50-meter freestyle this morning, breaking a National Age Group (NAG) record.

The TAC Titans standout is competing this week at the 2021 TAC Titans Spring Invitational Meet in Cary, North Carolina. Full results are available on Meet Mobile, and we will have daily recaps of all the meet’s top results.

In this morning’s prelims, Curzan wasted no time in etching her name further into the USA Swimming age group record books. Curzan is already the NAG record-holder in the short course yards 50 free – she broke a Gretchen Walsh NAG record back in December and then again in March with a 21.50.

Curzan erased Walsh’s name from the long course meters record this morning, going 24.45. That’s a whopping three-tenths of a second better than Walsh was in this age group, and also moves Curzan up past World/Olympic champ Simone Manuel, who is now #3 in age group history:

Top Performers All-Time, USA Swimming 15-16s, 50 LCM Free

  1. Claire Curzan – 24.45 (2021)
  2. Gretchen Walsh – 24.71 (2019)
  3. Simone Manuel – 24.80 (2013)
  4. Anya Goeders – 24.85 (2016)
  5. Marta Ciesla – 25.07 (2015)

Disregarding age groups, Curzan is now the #7 American of all-time in the event. Manuel holds the American record at 23.97.

Top Performers All-Time, USA Swimming 50 LCM Free

  1. Simone Manuel – 23.97 (2017)
  2. Dara Torres – 24.07 (2008)
  3. Amanda Weir – 24.23 (2009)
  4. Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28 (2016)
  5. Madison Kennedy – 24.39 (2016)
  6. Torri Huske – 24.44 (2021)
  7. Claire Curzan – 24.45 (2021)
  8. Jessica Hardy – 24.48 (2008)
  9. Lara Jackson – 24.50 (2008)
  10. Erika Brown – 24.57 (2020)

Curzan will have a chance to go even faster in tonight’s final, though she could have a busy schedule. Curzan also qualified first in the 100 fly (58.09) this morning. The two races are back-to-back, with only the boys 100 fly in between. Curzan is already the 15-16 NAG record-holder in that 100 fly with a 56.20 she put up earlier this year.

The 16-year-old Curzan now owns 15-16 NAG records in the 50m free, 100m fly, 50y free, 100y free, 100y back and 100y fly. We recently named her the #1 recruit in the country among current high school juniors, and she has not yet publicly committed to a college.

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1 month ago

This girl is obscenely talented.

The womens 50fr at US trials has quietly become extremely competitive if all swim. Manuel & Weitzeil the definite top two on past & PBs, but these young girls are flying and you wouldn’t be surprised to see one (or more?) of them throw a spanner in the works.

Reply to  Dee
1 month ago

Curzan and Huske battling Weitzeil for the second entrant in the women’s 50 meter freestyle. As for Simone Manuel, the record speaks for itself:

2016 – silver
2017 – bronze
2018 – silver
2019 – gold

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

Simone’s record also speaks for itself that she has been underwhelming in the qualifying meets. Cant afford that here.

Lil Swimmy
1 month ago

ooh my wig!

1 month ago

She sacrificed that 15m+ underwater to 14.9m to only lose .01 off her DSQ time. Not too shabby.

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