Claire Curzan Goes 57.5 in 100 Meter Fly for New Lifetime Best

TAC TITANS OCTOBER LCM MEET: DAY 1

  • October 2nd – October 3rd, 2020
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (LCM)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “TAC TITANS October LCM Meet”
  • Day 1 Recap

16-year old TAC Titans swimmer Claire Curzan swam her 2nd lifetime best in as many days on Saturday, touching in 57.57 in the 100 fly on Saturday. That takes three-tenths of a second off her previous best time of 57.87, done at last summer’s US Nationals, in what is likely her best shot at a spot on the Tokyo Olympic Team next year.

That follows another lifetime best, in the 50 free, on Friday, where she swam 25.32.

Curzan now ranks 7th among Americans in the 100 fly in long course since the 2016 Olympic Games. She’s not the only swimmer on this list who has been a best time at a small meet in the last month – in early September, Torri Huske swam a new best time of her own, 57.43, at a 3-event, 3-swimmer intrasquad meet.

US Ranking, Women’s 100 LCM Fly, Since 2016 Olympic Games:

  1. Kelsi Dahlia – 56.37 – 2017 World Championships
  2. Katie McLaughlin – 57.23 – 2019 World Championships
  3. Regan Smith – 57.34 – 2020 Pro Swim Series Des Moines
  4. Torri Huske – 57.43 – 2020 Intrasquad
  5. (TIE) Amanda Kendall – 57.51 – 2019 Summer Nationals/Kendyl Stewart – 57.51 – 2019 Israel Cup
  6. Claire Curzan – 57.57 – October 2020 TAC Titans LCM Meet
  7. Aly Tetzloff – 57.70 – 2019 Summer Nationals
  8. Mallory Comerford – 57.95 – 2018 Summer Nationals
  9. Sarah Gibson – 57.96 – 2017 Summer Nationals

Huske is also the only swimmer in 15-16 history who has been faster than Curzan in this event, with a 57.48. Curzan has most of a year, including next summer’s Olympic Trials, to try and take down that record.

In yards, Curzan also broke 3 National Age Group Records since returning to competition post-quarantine.

Also on Saturday, Curzan swam 55.68 in the 100 meter free, which missed her best time by .03 seconds,

Other Noteworthy Results

  • In a battle of pros, former NC State swimmer Coleman Stewart won the 100 fly in 53.84, followed by US National Team member Jack Saunderson, who was 2nd in 53.88.
  • The top junior swimmers were Marlins of Raleigh 16-year old Tate Bacon (56.52) and 17-year old Ryan Silver (58.18). Those were best times for both swimmers, including Bacon by just over a second.
  • US National Teamer Tate Jackson swam 50.78 in the 100 free. Jackson, who swam collegiately at Texas and is an Austin native, says he’s just taking a quick stop in North Carolina for a “change of scenery” before heading to Budapest in the next 2 weeks for the ISL season.
  • Another US National Teamer, Charlotte Hook of the TAC Titans, swam 2:19.18 in the 200 IM.
  • NC State post-grad Paul Le, a Vietnamese National Record holder and former Missouri State Bear, led the boys’ 200 IM in 2:05.51.
  • Caroline Pennington improved her best time in the 1500 free by more than 5 seconds, swimming 16:49.67. That slips her .02 seconds under the Olympic Trials cut in that event.
  • Lance Norris, who has rewritten his personal record books post-quarantine, swam 15:36.62 in the 1500 free. That knocks more than 9 seconds off his best time.

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Breezeway
1 month ago

100Fly at trials will be a dog fight photo finish

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

Obvious, but it’ll be the two who can nail the finish a la Nesty and Phelps.

Daniel Jablonski
1 month ago

This girl is on fire right now… scary to see what she’ll do in Tokyo!

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
1 month ago

She needs to drop a ton of time if she wants to medal in Tokyo…Sjostrom, MacNeil, Zhang all at 55 seconds, plus a host of people who can go 56.

Breezeway
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

To medal? Yes. To make the team, not a ton

NCSwimFan
1 month ago

First Olympic Trials cut for Lance Norris at 15:36 in the 1500; old PB of 15:45 was within a second of the cut, gotta feel good to get that cut and by that wide a margin no less!

Sam Marsteiner with two NC state records for 11-12 boys, first in the 200 back (2:16.40) and later in the 1500 free (17:09.22). The 1500 time ranks him 8th all-time in USA Swimming history!

Swimmer101
Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 month ago

This is a more exciting stat IMO. Should have made it as a headline.

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