Claire Curzan Lowers World Junior Record In 50 Free – 24.17

16-year-old Claire Curzan swam a 24.17 50 freestyle to win the final at the 2021 TAC Titans Spring Invitational Meet in Cary, North Carolina. With that swim, Curzan has broken Rikako Ikee‘s world junior record, she becomes the top-ranked American woman this season, and she becomes the 3rd fastest American woman of all time.

Curzan’s swim gets under Rikako Ikee’s 2017 world junior record in the event of 24.33 which she set at the National Sports Festival in Matsuyama, Japan. This swim for Curzan is her second world junior record this year, having previously lowered the 100 butterfly mark to a 56.20 in April. She neared that mark just 2 events before swimming her 24.17 50 freestyle, notching a 56.43 for gold.

In terms of all-time American rankings, Curzan has now jumped to the #3 spot behind only Simone Manuel and Dara Torres who hold the respective 1st and 2nd spots.

All-Time Women’s Long Course 50 Freestyle USA Rankings

  1. Simone Manuel – 23.97 (2017)
  2. Dara Torres – 24.07 (2008)
  3. Claire Curzan – 24.17 (2021)
  4. Amanda Weir – 24.23 (2009)
  5. Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28 (2016)
  6. Madison Kennedy – 24.39 (2016)
  7. Torri Huske – 24.44 (2021)
  8. Jessica Hardy – 24.48 (2008)
  9. Lara Jackson – 24.50 (2008)
  10. Erika Brown – 24.57 (2020)

She moves up from 7th place which she attained during the prelims with her 24.45. That 24.45 was also a new 15-16 national age group record for Curzan, meaning that her 24.17 again lowers the mark. As if a world junior record, national age group record, and #3 all-time rank wasn’t enough, Curzan is now the fastest American this season, surpassing Torri Huske‘s 24.44.

USA Women’s Long Course 50 Freestyle Rankings (2020-2021)

  1. Claire Curzan – 24.17
  2. Torri Huske – 24.44
  3. Abbey Weitzeil – 24.57
  4. Gretchen Walsh – 24.65
  5. Simone Manuel – 24.70
  6. Catie DeLoof – 24.73
  7. Linnea Mack – 24.85
  8. Kate Douglass – 24.99

To add one final accolade that has been granted to Curzan with this swim, she has now tied Emma McKeon for the 4th fastest long course 50 freestyle worldwide this season. She and McKeon share a 24.17 which trails only Sarah Sjostrom‘s 24.07, and Ranomi Koromowidjojo and Cate Campbell‘s 24.11. Additionally, she and McKeon are now also tied for the #16 spot in history, worldwide.

2020-2021 LCM Women 50 Free

2Pernille
Blume
DEN24.0605/17
3Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE24.0702/06
4Cate
Campbell
AUS24.1103/20
5Kasia
Wasick
POL24.1705/18
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To summarize, Curzan’s 24.17 50 freestyle at the 2021 TAC Titans Spring Invitational Meet gives her the following:

  • World Junior Record
  • 15-16 US National Age Group Record
  • #1 time from an American (2020-2021)
  • #3 swim from an American, all-time
  • #4 time worldwide (2020-2021)
  • #16 time worldwide, all-time

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FLSwimmer
29 days ago

gg world

VFL
29 days ago

BOSSSSSS!!! Can’t wait to see her in Tokyo

Virtus
29 days ago

Bro what does that team feed their girls