Claire Curzan Talks Working on her First 15m, Olympic Games, & College Decision

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We sat down with 2020 Olympian and silver medalist in the women’s 400 medley relay, Claire Curzan. Curzan walks us through her summer, from her epic 3-event matchup with Torri Huske (both of whom would go on to make the Olympic team in the 100 fly), to Olympic Trials to Training camp to the Games themselves. Curzan also delves into what she did this summer to improve her first 15-meters, including focusing on a rowing motion to engage her arms off the start and focusing on hitting her underwater kick count with short, fast kicks.

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RMS
1 year ago

Can you imagine her going to Stanford? All the UVA and Cal fans about to be triggered.

Paying Attention
Reply to  RMS
1 year ago

No worries. She’ll just get slower at Stanford. Nothing to be triggered about other than how Meehan keeps screwing up US talent. And I’m no UVA or Cal fan.

Virginia Beach swim dad
1 year ago

The good news is she is taking her time and visiting the schools. She will make the best decision for her that meets her swimming and educational goals.

This years NCAA meet sets up to be epic!

Chineeese boy
1 year ago

Can we talk about how cute she is as well?

dddddddd
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 year ago

bonk

Virtus
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 year ago

Hold up

The Original Tim
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 year ago

Unless you’re like 16…eww!

Chineeese boy
Reply to  The Original Tim
1 year ago

I’m 18, she’s 17

Togger
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 year ago

No, on a swimming website the exciting thing about Claire is her swimming.

Sure there’s a thread on Reddit or something you can find like minded individuals to frot with.

Chineeese boy
Reply to  Togger
1 year ago

Oh she is great swimmer though, 56. in the 100 fly at 16 is insane , I was just saying 😂

jeff
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 year ago

i feel like we’ve been spoiled by the new fly times in the past couple years but 56 low at any age is already crazy crazy impressive

Last edited 1 year ago by jeff
Ncaafan
1 year ago

Definitely headed to Stanford. How can she not? The history between the programs is night and day

swimapologist
Reply to  Ncaafan
1 year ago

“History” is a vague term that can relate to different periods of time. For example, if you define “history” as the last 2 years, the “history” is night and day – Stanford is sliding, their swimmers are all getting slower or burning out, their coach shuts down media, and they don’t have momentum. Meanwhile, Virginia put more swimmers on the Olympic Team, their swimmers are all getting faster, they’re getting all of the publicity they want, and their energy is off the charts. Virginia won the last NCAA title, and probably would have won the one before too if COVID hadn’t canceled it. The recruits that Virginia has coming in gives them a platform to be very good for a… Read more »

Ncaafan
Reply to  swimapologist
1 year ago

Didn’t Stanford win 2015-2019 NCAA titles? Not sure what you mean by the 90s?

Admin
Reply to  Ncaafan
1 year ago

Stanford won 2017-2019. Georgia won in 2016 and Cal won in 2015.

Paying Attention
Reply to  Ncaafan
1 year ago

That’s just what it is, history. Stanford swimmers almost all underperformed at Trials, most of them were pretty terrible. Meehan barely put three women on the team when he has been handed most of the top swimmers coming out of high school for years. Ledecky made the team in spite of swimming poorly, Manuel barely made the team, and Forde made it by the skin of her teeth. Having more of our best headed to Stanford does not bode well for the future of USA Swimming.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Paying Attention
1 year ago

This reminds me of all the reasons that Australia was destined to fare poorly in the Olympics. You guys love short term small sample above big picture logic

Jamie
Reply to  Paying Attention
1 year ago

Ledecky swam well and won more individual events at US Trials and more gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics than the entire U Va womens team, won as many individual events (2) as any female swimmer in Tokyo, and helped to beat AUS in a relay. Curzan probably could have similar performance in 2024 if she is admitted to Stanford, but who knows, maybe even better? Ledecky won 8 NCAA titles, two National team titles, broke NCAA records 15 times, American records 11 times, and broke a WR and won six World Champ titles under Meehan, so there’s that too.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Jamie
1 year ago

It’s very likely she would have done all that and more if she would have stayed with Gemmel.

PhillyMark
1 year ago

Interesting she basically had an extended recruiting trip to narrow down her Stanford v UVA decision. I’m sure coaches and prospective, active and prior Cav & Cardinal swimmers were trying to influence her decision

iLikePsych
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

Sounded like UVA has the advantage based on the podcast…

PhillyMark
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

Was thinking the same

Remember Me?
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

It was always going to be UVA. DeSorbo was the coach she worked with at the Olympics and training camp. Pretty sure her mind was made up before Trials

Ncaafan
Reply to  Remember Me?
1 year ago

And that worked out so well for her?

Huh
Reply to  Ncaafan
1 year ago

You really think a few weeks of working with a swimmer is a good reflection on what will “work” for them?

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Huh
1 year ago

No, but they at least get to see more of how a coach carries themselves on deck and conducts practices, seeing that unfiltered outside of an official trip is a rare find precommitment.

Huh
Reply to  MickeyMouse
1 year ago

Yes, but Ncaafan is referring to the fact that her Olympic performance was not as well as she has probably hoped for, indirectly blaming Desorbo.

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Huh
1 year ago

Gotcha, appreciate the clarification

tnp101
Reply to  Remember Me?
1 year ago

I wasn’t sure if you could deduce that from the podcast. I think she will make a decision after her visit. It seems that she has held out her decision this long, I would say Stanford has an edge. She has been taking AP classes. It shows academics is important to her. She wanted to see how the campus was….and we all know Stanford campus is one of the best in the world. It is super beautiful and the facility is world-class.

Besides, her teammate Hook had committed to Stanford. Torri and Regan would be there….along with Ledecky. Those are all pluses. It also seems that Claire has a good relationship with Douglas and Walsh as well. So who knows.… Read more »

Remember Me?
Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Oh, I haven’t listened to this podcast yet. Just basing it off of conversations with [redacted] about what program she said was leading the way. Things can change, though! Who knows what the impact of the Olympics and the swimmers had on her, as well as working with DeSorbo and other coaches. I probably didn’t give that enough weight before my comment.

tnp101
Reply to  Remember Me?
1 year ago

Please listen to the podcast. She gave a good interview. She did talk about the training in Hawaii with Desorbo’s group. She did mention that Greg’s group was right next to her training the IM…and they were tough. She mentioned about going everywhere with Torri because their training was the same since they had the same event (100 fly).

Coleman asked about the college and she said she wanted to see the campus and Stanford and UVA were her two choices. Coleman said her teammate Hook committed to Stanford…So there was no indication yet where she was leaning towards. I think both programs are great. I definitely would be thrilled if she chose Stanford. The education and the alumni… Read more »

NCSwimFan
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

It’s odd she has waited this long, although I imagine she wanted to keep the focus on Trials and not on the college decision. Typically when a swimmer waits this long it’s usually a sign for Stanford. But I agree, seems like UVA is the place for Claire.

Admin
Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 year ago

It’s certainly out of the ordinary for her to wait this long.

But also, good for her for doing so. Anywhere she wants to go will definitely keep a roster spot open, and her parents (who are both very successful doctors) have given her the freedom to risk that a full ride might not be there, though I’d guess both schools are at least holding some money for her.

It’s great to see an athlete in the unique position to push against this chaotic commitment system, one that almost everybody hates but one that nobody really seems ready to slow down, do so.

swimgeek
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I’m sure any school in the NCAA would give her whatever money is left, and if it’s less than 100% full ride, they would promise to bump her to 100% for year 2. So the out-of-pocket expense would very limited. That gives her the luxury to wait as long as she wants. And, oh, BTW — she’s of the caliber that she’ll be adding some serious NIL $$$ to her life sooner than later.

Joel Lin
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

Family weights on geography quite a bit in the witching hours before a final decision is made. At bottom, if it is Stanford that’s goodbye Mom & Dad, goodbye siblings, goodbye hometown friends. The costs & the logistics to return home for a fall break, or other long weekend breaks, is difficult. The likelihood her parents could attend her meets would be greatly diminished as well, regardless of costs or affordability of those costs. But The Farm is a spectacular place.

If it comes to UVa, that’s a great school in a great place for academics, social & athletics where the geographic challenges, family impacts, are less. Charlottesville & The Grounds are a spectacular place.

It’s an embarrassment of… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

“You get to go short course…in Hawaii…rainbows.” She’s a great interview.

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