Claire Tuggle of Yosemite Marlins Smashes 10&U 500 Free NAG at Far Westerns

After breaking the 10 & under National Age Group Record in the 200 yard free on Thursday, ten-year old Claire Tuggle of the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club in Central California destroyed the 500 free record on Saturday at the 2015 Far Western Championships in Morgan Hill, California.

Tuggle went 5:13.74 in finals, eclipsing by nearly 3 seconds the old record of 5:16.52 set by Tina Papadopoulos in 2005. Her previous best in the event was 5:22.02 from January, making for an 8.3-second drop in 3 months. She dropped 3.6 seconds in the 200 free on Thursday, en route to breaking the NAG.

Tuggle is coached by Tammy Kudela, head coach of Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, who came up through the Mission Viejo Nadadores system and was an All-American at El Toro High School. They will have plenty of time to go after some of the long course NAG records this summer; Tuggle doesn’t age up until mid-July.

Comparative splits:

Claire Tuggle (Yosemite Marlins Swim Club) Tina Papadopoulos (YMCA Team Orlando)
4/11/2015 3/2005
27.55 28.61
58.30 (30.75) 59.87 (31.26)
1:30.27 (31.97) 1:31.49 (31.62)
2:02.26 (31.99) 2:03.57 (32.08)
2:34.54 (32.28) 2:35.96 (32.39)
3:06.65 (32.11) 3:08.28 (32.32)
3:38.84 (32.19) 3:40.45 (32.17)
4:11.04 (32.20) 4:12.90 (32.45)
4:43.04 (32.00) 4:45.06 (32.16)
5:13.74 (30.70) 5:16.52 (31.46)


You can follow the results of 2015 Far Westerns here.

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Wait, so you’re telling me the SCY 10&U Girls 50(tied), 100, 200 and 500 free AND 200 IM records were ALL broken this week? AmAzing! Have they found a faster way to swim freestyle or a technique to graft dolphin DNA to human DNA that I’m not aware of? LOL!

You have my hearfelt congratulations, Claire! 🙂

bobo gigi

Yes! 10-year-old American girls were on fire this week!
Big congrats to Claire Tuggle, Mia Tandingan and Zoe Skirboll.

bobo gigi

And Miriam Sheehan.


The 100 IM was broken at FW today, too!


AND the 50 fly!!


Oops…that was the boys IM, not the girls. But that one was only missed by an eyelash!

bobo gigi

Claire Tuggle’s race videos please.


Sorry no video, but I was lucky enough to see the swim. Claire has excellent turns (for a swimmer of any age let alone a 10 year old), hips stay high throughout the turn & she carries a ton of speed into & out of the turn. She doesn’t hold streamline very long, nor kick and was consistently taking at least two strokes inside the flags off every turn. This exact swim with a longer streamline/kick out to flags could see her at 5:00 or faster! Also a great sign of talent…after what looked like over-swimming the first 50 a little bit (finals adrenaline;) she reeled in back in and settled into pace…again impressive at any age!

bobo gigi

Useless stat but Katie Ledecky swam 5.42.62 at the same age.

I bow to BoBo GiGi, one of swimming’s top analysts globally….

Varsity Swimmer

No offense to Bobo in any way whatsoever, neither to Mel, but it isn’t that hard to find out Ledecky’s ten year old 500 free time. DECK PASS.

Still think Bobo is a living legend, though.

bobo gigi

Thanks for these very kind words Mel. Coming from a swimming legend, that’s pretty impressive. I’m blushing. 😳
But no, top analyst….not really. 😆
Only a simple swim fan who likes that sport, who has a very good memory overall and likes to play with numbers. 🙂

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