Claire Tuggle Breaks 11-12 National Age Group Record in 200 Free


12-year old Claire Tuggle, after just missing a National Age Group Record in the 100 free on Wednesday, has cracked the 11-12 mark in the 200 free during Thursday’s prelims. Tuggle swam a 1:48.85, which breaks the vintage-2009 record of 1:49.64 set by Kylie Stewart.

The time was good enough to qualify Tuggle for the A-Final in 8th place, which makes her the youngest finalist by 4 years. There wasn’t another swimmer in the entire field of 235 swimmers as young as Tuggle, and only a single other swimmer as young as 13.

Tuggle’s splits, by 50:

  • 25.07
  • 27.31 (52.38)
  • 28.44 (1:20.82)
  • 28.03 (1:48.85)

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Wow. That’s quick

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A 12-year-old-girl swimming a 1:48? Oh. My. WOW!!!!!!!! I have never been as impressed with America’s new crop of age-groupers than I am at this moment.


Ain’t no struggle for Claire Tuggle

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