Claire Curzan Kicks Off Post-Tokyo Racing at TAC Titans Fall Invite

2021 TAC Titans Fall Invitational Meet

  • October 15-17, 2021
  • Triangle Aquatics Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • Short Course Yards 925 yards), timed finals
  • Full Meet Results

Olympian Claire Curzan resumed racing, for the first time since the Olympic Games, over the weekend at a TAC Titans-hosted Fall Invitational meet.

There, the 17-year old swam a number of very fast times, as she has been wont to do in these hosted fall invitationals.

Curzan won all 7 events that she entered, including her specialty sprint fly and free races, but also expanded her repertoire to the backstroke races and a 200 IM.

Curzan’s Weekend Individual Results:

Fall Invite Time PB
50 free 22.25 21.5
100 free 48.88 47.23
100 back 51.96 50.03
200 back 1:52.06 1:49.35
100 fly 51.37 49.51
200 fly 1:57.27 1:53.59
200 IM 2:00.67 1:58.87

While none of the times are personal bests for Curzan, every single one is faster than any of her future Stanford Cardinal teammates have been this season. That’s not a referendum on the talent that Stanford has (where there are multiple other Olympians on the roster), but more an observation on the potential shift in training cycle that she’ll face in college, where she’s scheduled to begin in the fall of 2022.

Curzan finished 10th in the prelims and semifinals of the 100 fly at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games individually and won a silver medal as part of the women’s 400 medley relay. She swam the prelims leg before her future Stanford teammate Torri Huske was subbed in for finals.

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MickeyMouse
1 month ago

Having the mental stamina to get up and get right back to training to be able to swim that fast after the summer she had is insane.

Also loved the clarification that you weren’t intentionally digging on Stanford lol

tnp101
Reply to  MickeyMouse
1 month ago

I think it was an intentional snub but then trying to recover at the end…no love for Stanford by Braden 🙁

MICKEYMOUSE
Reply to  tnp101
1 month ago

🐸☕️

Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

Will be interesting to see how Curzan adjusts to NOT wearing a tech suit at every meet while at Stanford. Definitely going to be a learning curve. So comparing times in this instance is not a fair comparison. In my opinion.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

This is a good point. I wish she would start to race in practice suits so she gets used to the feeling, before heading to the farm

Murica
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Colleges are dumb for not using suits… don’t u wanna have ur stroke counts and pacing down as close to tapered speed as possible to learn how to optimize it?

Swimming fast once/ year is boomer vibes. Drag suit philosophies.

Gettemouttahere

Pez
Reply to  Murica
1 month ago

tech suits cost $$!

swimapologist
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

They do cost money….but they don’t cost Stanford or Olympians nearly as much as they cost you or me (if anything at all).

Murica
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

Takes $$$ to make $$$. U wanna be the best or what?

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Murica
1 month ago

So are they going to practice in tech suits too, since that is really what matters?

Murica
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

If u wanna be the best ya probably suit up for every pace/ sprint set. Why u think ppl wear fins and use chords? Why u think modern goat sprint coaches have athletes dive down n push off the bottom going into turns in the middle of a set?

Race pace baby lets get it

Coleman Hodges
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

A lot of clubs and colleges use tech suits on racing and pace sets 1-2 times a week, so. Yes.

swimapologist
Reply to  Murica
1 month ago

Hswimmer: “Make Swimming Great Again!!!” (probably)

Hswimmer
Reply to  Murica
1 month ago

Eh.. most teams don’t use suits until their mid season meet, which I agree with. That’s where you see how your training is going and gauge where you are. Not in october

Bort
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

what harm is there in wearing a tech suit in October? If you have access to multiple tech suits and have older ones, why would you not wear it? Do you get bonus points for wearing practice suits in October? Does wearing a tech suit in October prevent you from swimming fast at your championship meet in December? It is such a weird boomer swimming thing that coaches take pride in wearing an inferior suit in early season meets. It’d be like telling a track athlete to wear their tennis shoes instead of their spikes at a track meet. but you don’t see that cause their coaches aren’t stuck in the stone age.

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

bae

Deepblue
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

She’s not your type bro

Konner Scott
1 month ago

That’s pretty quick for a 925 yard pool.

swimswamswum
1 month ago

Caroline is back at TAC thought she was at UVA?

NC Fan
Reply to  swimswamswum
1 month ago

She entered transfer portal early in semester

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