Claire Tuggle Breaks 10 & Under 200 Yard Free National Age Group Record

10-year old Claire Tuggle of the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club in Central California broke the 10 & under National Age Group Record in the 200 yard free on Thursday at the 2015 Far Western Championships.

The 10-year old swam a 1:58.20 that, once verified and ratified, will improve upon Ella Eastin’s 1:59.00 done in 2008 that was previously the fastest time by a swimmer in USA Swimming’s youngest recognized age group.

Tuggle’s previous best in the event was 2:01.79, and while almost a four-second improvement in two months would be shocking for older swimmers, it’s simply “the kind of drops you see from 10-year olds.”

Her birthday is in mid-July.


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She reminds me so much of Taylor Ruck, body & stroke.

Lane Four

Congratulations, Claire! I am amazed at how fast the youngsters are. A 10-year-old swimming a 1:58 is mind boggling to me. My generation was no where as fast as this one. It is exciting for the future!

bobo gigi

Amazing time. Congrats Claire Tuggle. 1.58.20 for a 10-year-old girl is crazy fast!
She won last year in 2.07.85.
And based on that swim, the 100 free and the 500 free NAG records are in serious trouble this week too. Like several long course freestyle NAG records later in the year as well.
Useless stat but Katie Ledecky swam 2.06.51 and Missy Franklin 2.09.13 at the same age. 🙂


Toe be fair to both of those amazingly talented ladies, they didn’t hit their massive time drops till a year or two later. Great comparison though.

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