Claire Curzan Takes Down 13-14 100 Fly NAG at NC High School Champs

by Robert Gibbs 10

February 07th, 2019 High School, News

Cardinal Gibbons High School’s Claire Curzan capitalized on her first high school state championships tonight at the NCHSAA 4A state championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC. The freshman beat the field by over three seconds to win the 100 fly in 51.60 and take down the 13-14 girls NAG record previously set by Regan Smith in 2016.

Comparative Splits

Swimmer 1st 50 split 2nd 50 split Final Time
Claire Curzan 2019 23.90 27.70 51.60
Regan Smith 2016 24.24 27.49 51.73

Curzan’s swim relied a bit more on front-end speed, as she went out over three-tenths faster than Smith did in her record-setting swim, and brought it back in a tad over two-tenths slower, knocking 0.13s off the existing record in the process.

Curzan, who swims for the TAC Titans year-round, also won the 100 back in 51.88. That time was almost a second faster than Curzan’s previous best time of 52.77 from December, and appears to move her to #3 all-time in the 13-14 age group, behind only Smith (51.09) and Alex Walsh (51.62). She also swam the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Splits are not currently available on Meet Mobile, but according to spectators, Curzan led off the medley in 24.73 and led off the the free relay with a 50.09

A full write-up will be coming soon, but Curzan’s 40 individual points helped propel the Cardinal Gibbons girls to a 6th-place finish. Leesvile Road took first for the girls, while Green Hope won on the boys side.

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Loved watching Claire swim today. She’s not particularly tall, which is a bit surprising seeing as she is strongest in the shorter events, but she has impeccable underwaters and beautifully efficient strokes.

51.6 would rank her 10th in the NCAA so far this year. Still four years away from her first NCAA meet. Wow.

Time To Quit Swimming

Ok now this is too much lol

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Don’t let the age fool you. We have seen 14 and 15 year old swimmers qualify for the Olympics (I’m thinking of 1996 and 2000), so that is not unprecedented. What is amazing are her times though. Those have set a precedent. A BIG congrats on those times, and as someone who follows NC swimming fairly closely, I look forward to seeing her progression.


Katie Ledecky WINNING the 800 free at the olympics !?!


Wow! Both back and fly times are incredible. How about some race videos?

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