Claire Curzan Goes Under NAG Record with 47.2 100 FR, Hits PR 1:53.3 in 200 FL


  • July 17-19, 2020
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • 25y (SCY) pool
  • Live Stream
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “TAC TITANS July Intrasquad Meet”

Claire Curzan, who has already gone faster than 15-16 NAG records in the 50 free (21.51) and 100 fly (50.03) this weekend, has done it again.

This time, the 16-year-old edged out the 15-16 NAG record in the 100 free, shaving four-tenths of a second off of her old best to go 47.23. Curzan, who took the race out in a 22.4 at the flip, utilized strong underwaters and posted a time better than Gretchen Walsh‘s official NAG mark of 47.49 from 2019.

There was an empty lane to her right (she raced in lane five), but male swimmers populated the other six lanes in the heat. Right now, it’s unknown if Curzan’s swims this weekend will count for NAG records.

Though Curzan has only recently turned 16, and still has the better half of a year until she enters the 17-18 age group, she would rank fifth among 17-18 historical top performers, just .06 behind Missy Franklin (47.17).

In the heat after, 17-year-old Michael Cotter broke 45 seconds for the first time ever, going 44.80.

Curzan wasn’t done yet, though, competing in the 200 fly after taking the 200 breast timed finals to recover and rest. Though she had to really hold tough on the final 50 (30.4), Curzan was out in 53.6 at the 100 and hit the final wall at 1:53.59, a lifetime best by seven-tenths.

Curzan is now the #3 performer in 15-16 history in this race, behind only Regan Smith (1:51.24) and Mary T. Meagher (1:52.99).


  • 50 free – 21.51 (-0.26)
  • 100 free – 47.23 (-0.44)
  • 100 fly – 50.03 (-0.32)
  • 200 fly – 1:53.59 (-0.77)
  • 100 back – 51.01 (-0.22)

16-year-old Lance Norris took a second off of his old best to win the 200 back with a time of 1:45.78. He’s gone lifetime bests in every race this meet: the 500 free (4:24.19), 200 IM (1:50.81), the 200 free (1:40.07) and now the 200 back. Norris then posted a 2:06.03 for yet another best in the 200 breast two events later.

Second in the 200 back was another 16-year-old, Braeden Haughey, just off of his best at 1:47.92.

16-year-old Charlotte Hook took over seven-tenths of a second off of her old 100 free PR of 50.71 to post a new best of 49.98. She’s had a strong meet this weekend, but her sprints have looked the best, she has hit bests in the 100 and 50 free (22.81). In the 200 fly, Hook posted a time of 1:54.66, just under a second away from her best of 1:53.70. Hook was only out in a 56.79, but she came home in a 29.6/28.1 (57.87) after going out 26.8/29.9.


  • Colombian record-holder and Olympian Jorge Murillo clocked a 1:57.87 to easily take the 200 breast. He was just eight-tenths off of his lifetime best of 1:57.01 from March.
  • Anya Mostek, who came into the meet with a best of 2:01.06, dropped to a 1:57.21 in the 200 back. She was the highest finisher on the girls’ side. Mostek had been living in Pennsylvania and training with the Phoenixville Branch YMCA through this spring, but she appears to have made the move to the TAC Titans.
  • Virginia ’25 commit Caroline Pennington, who has also recently switched clubs (from Badger Swim Club in New York), hit a lifetime best 2:02.92 in the 200 back, a six-plus second drop. She also took almost two seconds off of her 100 free best tonight with a 52.62. This weekend, she’s gone lifetime bests in all of her other events as well: the 200 free (1:52.01), 500 free (4:47.92), 100 back (59.42) and 50 free (24.43).

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3 months ago

My god is she fast

3 months ago

That speed in so many events. How many college athletes are that fast in so many different stroke sprints?

Reply to  swimswimswim
3 months ago

Honestly I don’t know but I give her a chance of being ranked #1 in the class re-ranks with these performances

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Reply to  Nswim
3 months ago

Not quite yet probably. Regan, Ledecky, and Missy all had times coming out of their junior year of high school that would have been good enough to win at NCAAs that very year. Claire isn’t quite there, although she is getting a lot closer.

Reply to  swimswimswim
3 months ago

I have to think that the only college swimmers this year faster than her in so many different events would be Erika Brown at Tennessee (21.0 / 45.8 / 1:41 Freestyles and 49.3 Butterfly / 50.8 Backstroke) and Maggie MacNiel at Michigan (21.30 / 46.5 Freestyles / and 50.0 Backstroke / 49.2 Butterfly).

I can’t think of any other athletes as versatile in terms of speed as she is at that level!

Reply to  WaWho?
3 months ago

Louise Hansson 21.6/47.1 free 49.2 fly and 50.8 back

3 months ago

I would like one Claire Curzan signature swim tether please.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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