Claire Tuggle Hits 4th Fastest 15-16 200 FR All-Time With 1:58.21


Claire Tuggle took the top seed for tonight’s A final of the women’s 200 free, finishing in a new personal best of 1:58.21. The time shed .37 seconds off her previous best, which she swam at last Summer’s Jr. Pan Pacs. At just 15 years old, Tuggle is now the 4th fastest 15-16 performer all-time. The 15-16 NAG currently stands at a blistering 1:55.06 from Missy Franklin back in 2011.

Here is a comparison of Tuggle’s splits this morning versus her previous best from last Summer:

2019 US Nationals Prelims 2018 Jr Pan Pacs Finals
50 27.81 28.47
100 29.72 (57.53) 29.93 (58.40)
150 30.42 (1:27.95) 30.03 (1:28.27)
200 30.26 30.15
FINAL TIME 1:58.21 1:58.58

Tuggle went out considerably faster this morning, hitting the 100 mark nearly a full second (.87 seconds) faster than she was last Summer. She came home slightly slower than last Summer.

All-time top 5 15-16 girls 200 free:

  1. Missy Franklin (2011) – 1:55.06
  2. Katie Ledecky (2013) – 1:56.32
  3. Dagny Knutson (2009) – 1:57.73
  4. Claire Tuggle (2019) – 1:58.21
  5. Sippy Brennan (1979) – 1:58.31

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Justin Wright
1 year ago

Fresno reppin! Let’s go Claire!

1 year ago

Way to lay it down in prelims! That time certainly puts her in very good company for just turning 15

Reply to  James
1 year ago

She wasn’t sure she will get to finals. She had all reasons to believe that her competitors who were much faster in season will stop her from A final. Therefore, I assume that that is how fast she is now.

Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

True…but at her age the race experience in that A final will be very valuable. I think she can crack the 58 level and drop into 57 if she races smart, she seems to get better at the last half.

1 year ago

Why has Sippy’s last name been changed in the rankings whereas some other women’s names (from other events) have not? Wouldn’t it be easier to just leave the last name as is on the record books? Obviously with the name Sippy, it isn’t hard to figure out who it was. I’m just thinking about the future when this will happen with women who have more common first names. It could cause confusion

Reply to  Kit
1 year ago

Agree. Maybe they should go all the way and put Cynthia Brennan?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Kit
1 year ago

Does Sippy’s 13-14 age group record at 200 still stand? I know it’s a legendary record but I haven’t followed the pursuit for a long time.

If that 1978 record is still intact, it looks like Claire missed it by a few scant weeks. She turned 15 on July 8th

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Yep, Claire just missed it at last year’s Pan Pacs by a few hundredths.