Claire Curzan Breaks Her Teammate’s National Age Record in 200 Fly

2019 NORTH CAROLINA AGE GROUP SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

After breaking 2 National Age Group Records as part of a relay already this weekend in Cary (200 free relay, 400 free relay), Claire Curzan of the TAC Titans has added another, individually in the 200 fly.

Swimming in the final, Curzan swam a 1:55.64, which took out the 13-14 girls’ record of 1:55.67 done by Curzan’s training partner Charlotte Hook at the Speedo Winter Junior East Championships in December.

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Curzan’s previous best time was a 1:56.05 done at a local meet 4 weeks ago. Coming into this season her best was a 1:59.9, and coming into 2019 her best was a 1:58.7 from November. Prior to this 200 fly swim, her best performances had been mostly in sprint races, including a National Age Group Records in the 100 fly, though her 200 back time of 1:53.09 at Juniors was enough to show that she has the endurance. Curzan now holds, or shares via a relay, 5 National Age Group Records (up from 2: 1 individual and 1 relay, that she had at the start of the weekend).

Curzan hasn’t yet lost a final at this meet in the 13-14 age group. In addition to leading off 3 relay victories, Curzan has individually won 4 races:

  • 200 free – 1:46.51
  • 100 fly – 51.69
  • 200 fly – 1:55.64 (*National Age Group Record)
  • 50 free – 22.45

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PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

I’m amazed that they’re breaking the relay NAGs without using a girl (I assume because she aged up) who was 1:55 in the 200 fly 2 months ago.

Honest Observer

That 50 free-200 fly combo is awfully impressive. We seem to be in the middle of some kind of Golden Age of NAG record-setting, especially on the female side.

Sparkle

Janet Hu did this a few years ago with the 17-18 NAGs for the 50 free and 2 fly

NCSwimFan

The TAC girls also went under the old NAG tonight in the 400 medley relay, with their 3:42.13 far superceding NOVA’s NAG of 3:44.77.

However, they didn’t win the race. SwimMAC Carolina’s team went 3:40.43. Morgan Razewski, Grace Rainey, Kiley Wilhelm & Maya Gendzel.

Seeing one NAG is enough for a night. Two in the same race? I think I’ll call it a career.

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