Claire Nguyen Announces Transfer from Arizona State to Tennessee

After one season at Arizona State University, Claire Nguyen has announced the decision to transfer to Tennessee. She is at least the 2nd woman to transfer in to the Tennessee program this season, after at least 2 (Kendall Shields and Kaitlin Harty) transferred in last season.

“I am grateful for the time that I spent at Arizona State; however, I feel that Tennessee is a better fit for me both academically and athletically. I am so excited to be joining such an amazing program and can not wait to see what the future holds for me as a Lady Vol!”

Nguyen’s last meet for Arizona State came in the team’s dual against Northwestern on January 4th.

At the team’s mid-season invitational, she swam a lifetime best in the 200 free (1:48.39), 500 free (4:46.85), and 1650 free (16:18.98).

Best Times

Pre-College Best Freshman Season Best Drop
200 free 1:48.46 1:48.39 0.07
500 free 4:49.23 4:46.85 2.38
1000 free 9:55.39 10:09.60
1650 free 16:55.13 16:18.98 36.15

She joins a rebuilt distance group for the Tennessee Volunteers that will also include incoming East Carolina transfer Kristen Stege, who in her freshman season at ECU went from having never swum the 1650 free to breaking the AAC Conference Record and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Their incoming freshman class also includes a number of mid-distance freestylers.

The distance freestyles were a scoring weakness for the Volunteers en route to the 2020 SEC Championship. The 1650 free (28 points) and 500 free (25 points) were 2 of the 3 lowest-scoring events for Tennessee at that meet.

Nguyen’s best time in the 500 free would have placed in the C final at last year’s SEC Championship meet, while her best time in the 1650 free would have placed her 9th.

The transfer will bring Nguyen closer to home. Prior to Arizona State, she attended Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Spongebob12
4 months ago

Congrats beast !! On to bigger and better things

VFL
4 months ago

another great pickup! these transfers and the incoming high school class are bringing lot of talent to Knoxville in the fall

VFL
Reply to  VFL
4 months ago

This. Name. Is. Taken. 😑

ACC fan
4 months ago

What is going on there with these transfers? Coaches are awesome coaches and people. I just don’t get it.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  ACC fan
4 months ago

People transfer for a massive array of reasons, and often they have nothing to do with their sports. Most kids realize sports end after senior year, and have other priorities. Transfers aren’t always a reflection of coaching staffs or programs…

Guerra
Reply to  DMacNCheez
4 months ago

pfft… gimme a break. In this case, the transfers are a reflection of the head coach. Bowman’s miserable record at Arizona State speaks for itself and quite frankly, I’m shocked he still has a job there.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Guerra
4 months ago

We need a Bowman v. Guerra pay per view match, because man does this one have some beef

Guerra
Reply to  DMacNCheez
4 months ago

OK, DMACNCHEEZ… I’ll maintain radio silence on Bowman until the next ASU transfer. It should happen in the next few days…

Super Duper Fan
Reply to  Guerra
4 months ago

Guerra, you have some weird obsession with Bowman or something? It’s all you can talk about

coach
Reply to  Super Duper Fan
4 months ago

You’ve missed the comments on USA Swimming.

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