Claire Curzan Hits Bests in 3 Events at TAC Titans Triangle Classic


Swimming at her home pool, 14-year-old Claire Curzan swam several events, hitting lifetime bests in three.

Her PRs came in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 100 free. In the 100 back, she posted a 1:01.03, dropping five hundredths. She’s up to #5 in the 13-14 all-time rankings, less than two tenths off of #4 Alex Walsh and less than eight tenths from Regan Smith’s 13-14 NAG record of 1:00.26.

In the 200 back, Curzan came into the meet with a 2:19, dropping down to 2:15.71 in prelims and finally a 2:12.43 at night, cutting nearly seven full seconds off of her old best altogether. She’s now 13th all-time in 13-14 history.

She had huge drops in the 100 free, first going a 57.75 in prelims to take off two hundredths, then crushing a 56.36 in finals to move up to #13 in 13-14 history, just behind Simone Manuel. Besides those swims, Curzan also went 58.73 in the 100 fly and 25.62 in the 50 free, just off of bests in both.

Among some other notable swimmers at this meet was distance specialist Ashley Twichell of TAC Titans. Only racing the 800 free, Twichell posted an 8:33.85 for the win. She’s been 8:28.16 since last fall, done at the 2018 Winter Nationals.


  • TAC Titans’ Brooke Zettel posted a 2:16.69 in the 200 IM, nearly two seconds faster than her old best. She hit an Olympic Trials cut. Zettel also won the 200 breast (2:37.27), 200 fly (2:17.00), 400 IM (4:57.95), and took second in the 100 fly (1:00.56), hitting bests in all but the 400 IM.
  • Virginia Gators’ Olivia Bray won the 15 & over 200 free (2:02.85) and 100 fly (59.26) with only the men’s 200 free in between.
  • Jorge Murillo of TAC Titans was 1:02.54 in the 100 breast, ahead of SwimAtlanta’s Edgar Crespo (1:03.61). Murillo also won the 200 breast in 2:19.85.
  • Ben Mayes was 23.04 in the 50 free and 51.22 in the 100 free (51.19 in prelims), hitting a best in the latter. Mayes swam for Queens (NC) through 2018.

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Swim mom
2 years ago

Her smile is as amazing as her swims!

Swim fan
2 years ago

Claire’s 200 BK time is her fourth 2020 Olympic Trials cut.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

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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