Huske and Curzan Tie in 50 Free Prelims at 25.2, Curzan Hits 1:00.2 100 Back

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 4

April 11th, 2021 News


The pool in Cary is still cooling off from one of the quickest 100 fly races in American history last night, when TAC Titan Claire Curzan and Arlington Aquatic Club’s Torri Huske went 56.20 and 56.69, respectively. Curzan broke the 15-16 NAG record and became the #2 American in history, while Huske took out the 17-18 record, as the pair moved to #2 and #4 in the world this season, respectively.

This morning, Curzan and Huske tied in the 50 free, both hitting 25.26. Curzan was .03 off of her best time, while Huske dropped .08. Both have had lifetime bests at this meet in more than one event each, so expect them to battle tonight and test the 25-second barrier.

In their other events, Curzan narrowly missed a best and a big barrier with a 1:00.22 in the 100 back. She’s been 1:00-low a number of times, and hasn’t yet been able to crack her lifetime best 1:00.00 from 2019 World Juniors– she seems due for a drop there, though. Huske, meanwhile, hopped up for the 200 IM the event after her 50 free, going 2:18.04 for second behind Gamecock Aquatics’ Emma Barksdale (2:16.11). Barksdale and Huske have both been 2:11 before, so that’s another key match-up to look for in finals.

Wolfpack Elite’s Justin Ress posted a cool 53.63 in the men’s 100 back prelims, finishing well ahead of teammate Coleman Stewart (55.13). Ress has been 53.37 this season, from the January Pro Swim Series stop in Richmond, which holds him at #8 in the world right now.


  • Albury Higgs of Gamecock Aquatics swam to the top 200 breast time on the women’s side, going 2:36.55. In the men’s race, NCAC’s Peter Bretzmann went 2:16.93, his first time under 2:18 and a new Wave I cut (his first).
  • Matt Josa (unattached) was 23.51 for the top time in the men’s 50 free prelims.
  • Sam Stewart of the YMCA Hub Fins clocked a 2:03.85 to lead the men’s 200 IM.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
27 days ago

Somebody tell these girls to relax! Damnnnn they’re going fast

Loser boy
27 days ago

Lets go pbretz

VA Steve
27 days ago

Torri Huske almost always improves from prelim to finals. 24.8?

Reply to  VA Steve
27 days ago

Might challenge Walsh’s 24.65.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

Read More »