Claire Tuggle Blasts No. 2 All-Time American 13-14 200 Free – 1:58.59


Clovis Swim Club phenom Claire Tuggle is now the second-fastest 13-14 American woman of all-time in the 200 freestyle after her prelims swim at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday morning.

Tuggle, who turned 14 on July 8th, split 27.63/29.80/30.72/30.44 en route to her final time of 1:58.59. Her previous best time was 1:59.11, from the 2018 Irish Open in April.

She is now only .06 off of Sippy Brennan‘s national age group record of 1:58.53, set in 1978, and pushed Missy Franklin back to No. 3 all-time. She is the No. 12 seed going into Thursday night finals, where she’ll be gunning for the record.

Top Performers: US Women’s 13-14 200 free
1 Sippy Brennan 1:58.53
2 Claire Tuggle 1:58.59
3 Missy Franklin 1:58.67
4 Chelsea Chenault 1:59.14
5 Quinn Carrozza 1:59.19
6 Melissa Trueblood 2:00.00
7 Katie Ledecky 2:00.01
8 Taylor Ruck 2:00.14
9 Ella Ristic 2:01.11
10 Megan Romano 2:01.32

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She’s amazing! Really hope she can get the record tonight.


Someone needs to get her a silicone swim cap!


Maybe she prefers latex?


I know that it’s a “vexata quaestio”, but never understood why Usa Swimming goes on with its bizarre way of selection for Worlds in pre-Olympic years (particularly the timing: 12 months ahead, instead of one month).
Gretchen Walsh, Claire Tuggle and many other youngsters in plain swimming growth, could have something to say with regard to.
And then the inefficiency to select swimmers who, at Worlds 12 months later, i.e. at the end of another swimming season, could be in a totally different shape.


It’s as if they want to have the national teams set for two years and allow everyone to train and plan accordingly for the next 24 months leading up to OT’s.


These youngsters that you mentioned will be no doubts significantly better in a year But still not fast enough to make difference within top American leading swimmers. Neither at 100 where Manuel and Comerford are reigning with very strong back-end support for relay. nor at 200 where Americans are represented with very strong swimmers.
Those girls need more than a year to be in the mix with leaders. So American team won’t suffer for not having them competing at WC in 2019. The Olympic year will be completely different story and these girls will have plenty of opportunities to prove their rights to be called an Olympian.


Perhaps you’re right, perhaps not with regards to those swimmers I mentioned, but
1) There are also relays besides individual races
2) My point was general: nobody knows what could happen with a swimming phenom in a year.



Nobody knows what could happen with a swimming phenom in a year.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swims distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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