Claire Curzan Moves To #10 All-Time In the 200 Back With 1:48.50 In Greensboro

by Robert Gibbs 10

November 19th, 2022 College, News, Previews & Recaps


  • November 17-19, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Live Results on MeetMobile
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Stanford freshman Claire Curzan swam her first personal best in the 200 yard back in three years tonight in Greensboro, and she made the most of the effort, moving into the top ten all-time in the event with a 1:48.50 to win by over three seconds.


  1. Regan Smith – 1:47.16, 2019
  2. Beata Nelson – 1:47.24, 2019
  3. Kathleen Baker – 1:47.30, 2018
  4. Taylor Ruck – 1:47.59, 2019
  5. Elizabeth Pelton – 1:47.84 ,2013
  6. Missy Franklin – 1:47.91, 2015
  7. Rhyan White – 1:48.06, 2020
  8. Phoebe Bacon – 1:4832, 2021
  9. Gemma Spofforth – 1:48.34, 2009
  10. Claire Curzan – 1:48.50, 2019

It’s worth noting that Smith, Ruck, and Curzan all swam for Stanford, although Smith was not yet at Stanford when she set the all-time record back in 2019. Additionally, Curzan bumped yet another Stanford swimmer, Ella Eastin, out of the top ten with tonight’s swim. Ruck, meanwhile, is still competing for Stanford, and took 2nd to Curzan tonight with a 1:51.66.

Curzan is known primarily for the 100 fly, where she’s set numerous NAG records in both yards and meters and has represented in major international meets, including the Olympics. But she’s no slouch in the 200 back, either, as tonight’s race showed. Here’s a quick comparison of her split tonight to those of her previous lifetime best.

Split Comparison

2019 25.66 27.30 (52.96) 27.99 (1:20.95) 28.40 (1:49.35)
2022 25.31 27.31 (52.62) 27.81 (1:20.43) 28.07 (1:48.50)

Compared to three years ago, all of her splits except one were faster tonight than in 2019, and the difference on the outlier was only by 0.31s.

That’s the second individual win of the meet for Curzan. Thursday she won the 50 free in 21.55, just ahead of Stanford teammates Torri Huske and Ruck. Yesterday, she came in 2nd in the 100 fly behind Huske, who like Curzan represented the US in the long course 100 fly in Tokyo and who owns the American Record in that event.

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1 year ago

She went a 1;49 as a 15-16 year old??!

Former Big10
1 year ago

Ayyy great swim

1 year ago

What? She is a sprint butterflyer.

Reply to  Swammer12
1 year ago

She has a 2:07 PB in the big pool.

1 year ago

Great swim Claire! Stanford is a great place to be a 200 backstroker. Claire, Eastin, Regan, Taylor, all under 1:50. Am I missing anyone? That’s a competitive top 10 all time.

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 year ago

3 of the 4 were Olympians before Stanford. I’m sure they’d be just as fast at other schools. Actually I think Regan Smith’s best time was prior to Stanford.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

And she just went her best time while training AT Stanford.

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 year ago

Regan and Taylor were both better before Stanford.

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 year ago

Maya Dirado won the 200 Back in Rio after improving immensely at Stanford!

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 year ago

Regan Smith posted her best times in the women’s 200 backstroke, whether it was short course yards or long course meters, in calendar year 2019.

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