Claire Curzan Downs Missy Franklin’s 100 Freestyle NAG – 53.55

Ending off what has been a particularly impressive meet, Claire Curzan has just lowered the US 15-16 long course age group record in the 100 freestyle to 53.55 at the 2021 TAC Titans Spring Invitational Meet. Curzan takes the record from Missy Franklin who previously held it at a 53.63 from 2011 US Nationals.

Curzan’s previous PB in the event was a 54.40 which she set recently at the 2021 NC TAC Titans LC Premier Meet in Cary, North Carolina.

With the swim, Curzan has shaved nearly a second off her best time, allowing her to jump far up the US all-time rankings, placing her at #10 in the country in history.

USA All-Time Rankings: Women’s LC 100 Freestyle

  1. Simone Manuel – 52.04
  2. Mallory Comerford – 52.59
  3. Amanda Weir – 53.02
  4. Abbey Weitzeil – 53.18
  5. Dana Vollmer – 53.30
  6. Missy Franklin – 53.36
  7. Natalie Coughlin – 53.39
  8. Erika Brown – 53.42
  9. Margo Geer – 53.44
  10. Torri Huske – 53.46
  11. Claire Curzan – 53.55
  12. Lia Neal – 53.59

Considering that Vollmer, Franklin, Coughlin, and Geer have all retired from the sport, Curzan ranks 7th in the all-time rankings among those still competing. Further, Curzan is ranked 3rd in the country this year among Americans behind only Simone Manuel‘s 53.34 from the 2020 Stanford Invite and Torri Huske‘s 53.46 from the 2021 NC TAC Titans LC Premier Meet.

USA 2020 – 2021 Rankings: Women’s LC 100 Freestyle

  1. Simone Manuel – 53.34
  2. Torri Huske – 53.46
  3. Claire Curzan – 53.55
  4. Abbey Weitzeil – 53.66
  5. Linnea Mack – 53.78

As the 3rd ranked American with only 0.22 second separating herself, Huske, and Manuel, Curzan will certainly be in contention for a spot on the 2021 US Olympic team both for the 4×100 relay and the individual event. Looking at the global rankings, Curzan’s swim allows her to replace Russia’s Maria Kameneva as the 16th ranked swimmer in the event this year.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Free

EmmaAUS
McKeon
07/30
51.96
2Siobhan
Haughey
HKG52.2707/30
3Cate
Campbell
AUS52.4304/15
4Penny
Oleksiak
CAN52.5907/30
5Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE52.6207/25
6Anna
Hopkin
GBR52.7507/28
7Madi
Wilson
AUS52.7606/16
8Femke
Heemskerk
NED52.7907/30
9Zhang
Yufei
CHN52.9009/27
10Meg
Harris
AUS52.9206/16
11Pernille
Blume
DEN52.9607/28
12Abbey
Weitzeil
USA52.9907/28
13Bronte
Campbell
AUS53.0107/25
14Yang
Junxuan
CHN53.0207/28
15Mollie
O'Callaghan
AUS53.0807/24
16Marie
Wattel
FRA53.1207/29
16Kayla
Sanchez
CAN53.1207/28
18Ranomi
Kromowidjojo
NED53.1304/10
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Another interesting ranking to look at in the wake of Curzan’s swim is the all-time junior rankings in the event. 16-year-old Curzan holds the 14th fastest 100 freestyle performance from someone aged 18 or younger. Among those on the list are three sub-53s including current world junior record holder Penny Oleksiak with a 52.70 which he swam at age 16 to win gold at the 2016 Olympics. Taylor Ruck and Rikako Ikee both swam under 53 as 18-year-olds back in 2018.

All-Time 18&U Long Course 100 Freestyle Rankings

  1. Penny Oleksiak – 52.70 (Age 16) (2016)
  2. Taylor Ruck – 52.72 (Age 18) (2018)
  3. Rikako Ikee – 52.79 (Age 18) (2018)
  4. Sarah Sjostrom – 53.05 (Age 18) (2011)
  5. Simone Manuel – 53.25 (Age 18) (2014)
  6. Cate Campbell – 53.30 (Age 15) (2008)
  7. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – 53.31 (Age 18) (2009)
  8. Freya Anderson – 53.31 (Age 18) (2019)
  9. Missy Franklin – 53.36 (Age 18) (2013)
  10. Menghi Zhu – 53.40 (Age 18) (2017)
  11. Shayna Jack – 53.40 (Age 18) (2017)
  12. Torri Huske – 53.46 (Age 18) (2021)
  13. Junxuan Yang – 53.45 (Age 18) (2020)
  14. Claire Curzan – 53.55 (Age 16) (2021)

Curzan’s 100 freestyle performance was her 4th and final swim of the meet, wrapping up a solid weekend of racing. Earlier on in the meet, she set a new world junior record in the 50 freestyle with a 24.17 to lower Rikako Ikee’s mark of 24.33. Curzan also lowered the 50 free NAG 2 times, first breaking Gretchen Walsh‘s 24.45 and then lowering it in finals to her 24.17 WJR.

Curzan also broke Regan Smith‘s 15-16 NAG in the 100 backstroke with a 58.82 to shave just 0.01 seconds off Smith’s mark of 53.83. In the 100 fly, Curzan posted a 56.43 which got her within 0.23 seconds of her season-best and world junior record of 56.20 from earlier this year.

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joan
1 year ago

curzan could try the 200 styles, she is good at 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, breaststroke and 100 free

Swimfan
1 year ago

To bad regan smith and Claire curzan can’t swim the 200 free at trials During the first wave just to put up a time as a time trial to put their name in the potential relay pool. That way they won’t have to worry about the day 3 double (200 free semis 15 min before the 100 back finals) 🤔🤔🤔

8588
1 year ago

Cruzan’s success is eerily similar to Regan Smith’s success, leading up to the LC World Championships in 2019. Racing extremely well leading up to the summer, dropping NAG’s like flies, and breaking world junior records in multiple events. Curzan is very much likely to be a huge threat at the Olympic Trials next month, and most likely a huge threat at the Olympics as well. I would not be surprised if she cracked world records this summer in both the 50 free and 100 fly, and became an Olympic legend over night

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  8588
1 year ago

Regan Smith has a monster taper in her locker as illustrated by Regan Smith’s performance at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

58.45 to 57.57
2:06.47 to 2:03.35

cal fan
1 year ago

The US women have gotten so DEEP with young talent the past few years: Reagan Smith, Curzan, Huske, the Walsh sisters, Phoebe Bacon, etc… I’m sure i’m missing SOMEONE.

NCSwimFan
1 year ago

Worth mentioning she got iced harder than an NFL kicker. There was a timing malfunction which spiraled into a 45 minute delay RIGHT before her heat. Claire basically sat there stone-faced for the entire 45 minutes, then dove in and put that time up. Talk about resilience.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 year ago

Claire Curzan is a definite shot in the arm in the women’s 100 meter butterfly with a fading Kelsi Dahlia.

https://www.swimcloud.com/swimmer/1136244/

Last edited 1 year ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Swimfan
1 year ago

On another note when is SWIMSWAM gonna start putting out the trials preview/predictions???

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

I would prefer to wait until after the Austin meet to see what times Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Katie McLaughlin, Katie Drabot, et cetera put up.

MX4x50relay
1 year ago

Broke a record in every swim

Times?
1 year ago

Is it weird that neither FINA nor USA Swimming have any of Curzan’s times from this meet in their rankings database?

Admin
Reply to  Times?
1 year ago

No, it’s not weird at all. Times don’t wind up in SWIMS until the LSC times administrator enters them. For those meets that aren’t big national meets, that often doesn’t happen until Monday or Tuesday. Some LSCs are notoriously slow and it can be as late as Wednesday or Thursday.