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
06/16
52.19
2Cate
Campbell
AUS52.4304/15
3Madi
Wilson
AUS52.7606/16
4Penny
Oleksiak
CAN52.8906/22
5Zhang
Yufei
CHN52.9009/27
6Meg
Harris
AUS52.9206/16
6Siobhan
Haughey
HKG52.9206/20
8Femke
Heemskerk
NED53.0505/22
9Bronte
Campbell
AUS53.0806/16
10Ranomi
Kromowidjojo
NED53.1304/10
11Yang
Junxuan
CHN53.2105/06
12Mollie
O'Callaghan
AUS53.2506/16
13Marie
Wattel
FRA53.3205/22
14Simone
Manuel
USA53.3411/21
15Freya
Anderson
GBR53.4004/17
15Beryl
Gastaldello
FRA53.4012/10
17Anna
Hopkin
GBR53.4305/22
18Torri
Huske
USA53.4604/09
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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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Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

On a roll!

caire
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

someone has the video where curzan makes 24.17 in 50 free

Swimdude
2 months ago

*gulp*

Swimfan
2 months ago

2 juniors mid 53 heading into trials! Only a mater of time before they break the world junior record

Gheko
2 months ago

Cate Campbell has a 53.30 as a 15 yr old from 2008

Troyy
Reply to  Gheko
2 months ago

All those down votes for stating the truth. The ranking in the article should be corrected.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Gheko
2 months ago

The same Cate Campbell who was never won a medal of any color in the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the Summer Olympic Games.

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

Keep on topic. The OP was about times.

He said what?
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

But has won the bronze medal in the 50 in Beijing as a young teen. The woman has won more than you ever will.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Gheko
2 months ago

and 53.03 as a 17 yo in 2009

Paul
Reply to  Gheko
2 months ago

Polyurethane swimsuits…

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

Ranomi’s time was from 2009…

Hswimmer
2 months ago

Although, weir hasn’t retired she raced at ATL Classic only going 57 in 100 free

gkjhdslks
2 months ago

She’s the new star of USA swimming

Hswimmer
Reply to  gkjhdslks
2 months ago

Torri Huske also!:-)

VA Steve
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

The Stanford-UVA battles will be epic.

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
2 months ago

Assuming this was her last meet before trials, and this was considered a tune-up, I’m willing to bet that her trials schedule will be the 50 free, and the 100 free/back/fly.

Swimfan
Reply to  Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
2 months ago

If she makes it in all 3 of here individual 100 she could become the first swimmer to win a olympic medlay in each son Kristin Otto from 1988… Going to be tough she’s got to navigate through the Olympic trials. She’ll definitely make the 100 fly and the 100 free as a relay swimmer at least… But the 100 back if she’s on that week she could become the new star of the Olympic games

VA Steve
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Definitely? Let’s not put that pressure on her. Fly certainly a good shot, followed by free (tougher) and back (very tough). Too little focus on college stars who will be training LC and tapering. We’ll see.

Swimfan
Reply to  VA Steve
2 months ago

One more month til we find out gonna be a long wait😬

Wow
2 months ago

SHE WENT OUT IN 25.08

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wow
2 months ago

Yeah serious speed and underwaters. Once she gets the second 50 with rest, she’ll be 52 low

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Wow
2 months ago

By way of comparison, Simone Manuel in the final of the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships:

24.81
27.23

https://www.fina.org/competitions/95/18th-fina-world-championships-2019/results?disciplines=SW&event=f69df3c8-3953-467f-8029-cb4141f6d39b&unit=final

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

Simone went out under world record pace in gwangju I thought she’s going to die down and everybody was going to reel her in the training in the 200 really helped her! Hopefully she can answer to smoliga 1:57.04 and curzan to 53.55 this weekend in Texas

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Simone Manuel has a personal best time of 1:56.09 dated 07/25/2019 in the women’s 200 meter freestyle. Katie McLaughlin has a personal best time of 1:56.48 dated 06/09/2019 in the women’s 200 meter freestyle. The aforementioned two female swimmers need to step it up for Team USA to challenge for the gold medal in the women’s 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay.

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

They are supposed to race this weekend hopefully they both put up a fast 200 free in Austin same as weitzeil hopefully we’ll have a clear picture after this weekend who’s the contender

PhillyMark
Reply to  Wow
2 months ago

She went out in 26-flat in 100 fly cpl weeks back….which is WR front-end pace