Claire Tuggle Breaks 26-Year-Old 11-12 NAG In Girls LC 400m Free

12-year-old sensation Claire Tuggle of the Clovis Swim Club broke a 26-year-old National Age Group Record this weekend, clocking a time of 4:18.41 in the girls 11-12 long course 400m freestyle. The swim, done at the 2017 Summer Slam Champs in Fresno, breaks the record of Dee Brown, who went 4:19.48 back in 1991.

Tuggle now owns seven NAGs, but this marks her first long course 11-12 record. She owns the 10 & under record in the 400 free (4:37.41), and also owns five SCY records: the 200 and 500 free in both the 10 & under and 11-12 age groups, as well as the 11-12 200 IM.

After taking off over seven seconds in the 400 (her previous best was 4:25.76), Tuggle had another impressive showing in the 200 IM, taking off another big chunk of time in 2:20.03. That swim just misses Missy Franklin‘s 11-12 NAG of 2:19.12, set back in 2008.

Tuggle will have a shot at another record at the meet, as she’s slated to swim the 200 free later today. She’ll need to knock just over two seconds off her best of 2:05.49 to get down to the record, also set by Dee Brown in 1991, which stands at 2:03.38.

With her 13th birthday coming up in July, this could be her last chance to nab yet another 11-12 NAG.

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This young lady could very well be the real deal!


She must have won the race by a huge margin.

Congratulations, Claire.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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