Claire Curzan Goes 56.20 in the 100 Fly; Passes Dahlia for #2 American All-time

2021 TAC TITANS LONG COURSE PREMIER MEET

16-year-old Claire Curzan, who last set the Girls 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 100 meter butterfly with 56.61 at 2020 U.S. Open last November, lowered her mark to 56.20 in the final at TAC Titans Long Course Premier Invitational on Saturday. Curzan was out in 26.21 and home in 29.99, improving her second half by .62 while easing up .21 on the front end. Curzan also broke the World Junior Record and become the second-fastest American in history.

Canada’s Penny Oleksiak has been in the FINA record-books as the owner of the ratified 100 fly World Junior Record since 2016 when she went 56.46 to win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 15-year-old Sarah Sjostrom went 56.05 at 13th FINA World Championships in Rome (2009) in the supersuit era, but that swim remains unratified.

Some comparative splits:

Curzan, 2020 U.S. Open Oleksiak, 2016 Olympics Dahlia, 2017 Worlds Curzan, March 2021 Vollmer, 2012 Olympics
26.00 26.37 26.48 26.21 26.39
30.61 30.09 29.89 29.99 29.59
56.61 56.46 56.37 56.20 55.98

Swimming next to Curzan in lane 5, Torri Huske dropped an eye-popping 56.69 to finish in second place with a new 17-18 National Age Group Record. That erases Regan Smith’s mark of 57.34 from last year’s Pro Swim Series Des Moines. Huske, with splits of 26.21-30.48, moved to #4 on the all-time list of American performers.

Curzan remains #2 in the world for the 2020-21 LCM season while Huske takes over at #4.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Fly

2Zhang
Yufei
CHN55.6209/29
3Torri
Huske
USA55.6606/14
4Emma
McKeon
AUS55.7207/25
5Marie
Wattel
FRA56.1607/24
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ALL-TIME TOP U.S. PERFORMERS

  1. Dana Vollmer, PC CAL: 55.98 – 2012 Olympic Games 7/27/2012 London
  2. Claire Curzan, NC TAC: 56.20 – 2021 TAC Titans Premier Invite 4/10/2021
  3. Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell), KY UN: 56.37 – 2017 World Championships 7/22/2017 Budapest
  4. Torri Huske, PV AAC: 56.69 – 2021 TAC Titans Premier Invite 4/10/2021
  5. Christine Magnuson, US TENN: 57.08 – 2008 Olympic Games 8/8/2008 Beijing

Curzan jumped to the #8 spot in history worldwide.

ALL-TIME TOP WORLD PERFORMERS

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE: 55.48 – 2016 Olympic Games 8/5/2016 Rio
  2. Zhang Yufei, CHN: 55.62 – 2020 Chinese Champs 9/25/2020 Qingdao
  3. Maggie MacNeil, CAN: 55.83 – 2019 World Champs 7/21/2019 Gwangju
  4. Dana Vollmer, USA: 55.98 – 2012 Olympic Games 7/27/2012 London
  5. Liu Zige, CHN: 56.07 – 2009 CHN Open 10/17/2009 Jinan
  6. Rikako Ikee, JPN: 56.08 – 2018 Pan Pacific Champs 8/8/2018 Tokyo
  7. Emma McKeon, AUS: 56.18 – 2017 World Champs 7/22/2017 Budapest
  8. Claire Curzan, USA: 56.20 – 2021 TAC Titans Premier Invite 4/10/2021
  9. Jessicah Schipper, AUS: 56.23 – 2009 World Champs 7/25/2009 Rome
  10. Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell), USA: 56.37 – 2017 World Champs 7/22/2017 Budapest
  11. Penny Oleksiak, CAN: 56.46 – 2016 Olympic Games 8/5/2016 Rio
  12. Jeanette Ottesen, DEN: 56.51 – 2014 European Championships 8/17/2014 Berlin
  13. (tie 12) Inge De Bruijn, NED: 56.61 – 2000 Olympic Games 9/16/2000 Sydney
  14. (tie 12) Chen Xinyi, CHN: 56.61 – 9/20/2014 INCHEON

 

 

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NCSwimFan
5 months ago

Huske was 56.69 next to her with the same opening 50 split as well! Checks in at #4 all-time for Americans.

oxyswim
Reply to  NCSwimFan
5 months ago

Nice

pvdh
Reply to  oxyswim
5 months ago

Nice

HsSwimmer
Reply to  pvdh
5 months ago

Nice

Anonymoose
Reply to  HsSwimmer
5 months ago

you guys are doing this wrong, its supposed to be every second nice to be downvoted and the others upvoted

troubadour
Reply to  NCSwimFan
5 months ago

one turn and underwater. Fantastic advance excitement. Olympic trials and Tokyo will be stunning for the fly talent

Monteswim
5 months ago

Excuse me, what?!

good
5 months ago

torri huske broke the 17-18 record too. she went 56.69

Paul
5 months ago

Curzan 56.20, Huske 56.69. Wow.

ZanBai
5 months ago

Huge for Huske also.

Teamwiess
5 months ago

While Curzan was great Huske was 56,69 for number 4 American all time and 17/18 NAG.

Dee
5 months ago

Oh wow – What a pair of talents the US have in Curzan and Huske. Womens 100fl is officially *the* race of the Olympics for me. So much talent across the globe in this event.

Monteswim
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

100 back remains the most anticipated race for me!

Idk
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Men’s 100 free

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Idk
5 months ago

all the above!!!

Pvdh
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 months ago

Man idk about y’all ima be hype for every race.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

Exactly lol I’ve been waiting a whole 5 years for this sh*t.

Last edited 5 months ago by There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Hswimmer
5 months ago

Dahlia might want to focus on another event….

Monteswim
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Could she make the freestyle relays?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Monteswim
5 months ago

She might if comerford doesn’t get back to form, but there’s Brown, Hinds, Walsh, Douglass??, Weitzeil, Manuel, Schmitt, Ledecky, many more

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Can’t forget the aforementioned Torri Huske!

Hswimmer
Reply to  NCSwimFan
5 months ago

Yeah lol even forgot her like there’s so many it’s crazy

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Monteswim
5 months ago

Doubt it.

Women’s 100 meter freestyle
Manuel – 52.04
Comerford – 52.59
Weitzeil – 53.18
Brown – 53.42
Huske – 53.46
Walsh – 53.74
Ledecky – 53.75
Dahlia – 53.87

Yes, Huske just dropped a 53.46.

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

In one day, Dahlia drops from favorite to darkhorse.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  RUN-DMC
5 months ago

Not if you follow the trends.

Women’s 100 meter butterfly
Dahlia’s best times
2018 – 56.44
2019 – 57.06
2020 – 57.33
2021 – 58.10

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