Stanford freshman Claire Curzan crushed the Pac-12 Championship record in the 200 back with a 1:47.34 on Saturday, lowering the previous mark set by Cal alumnus and 2016 Olympian Kathleen Baker back in 2018.
🔥 1:47.34 🔥@StanfordWSwim freshman Claire Curzan breaks Pac-12 legend Kathleen Baker's meet record while marking the fastest time in the NCAA this season. pic.twitter.com/m6aVnOnKd1
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 26, 2023
This is your LIVEBARN Race of the Week because Curzan’s swim is the fastest in the event since 2019 when Regan Smith clocked an American-record 1:47.16. Curzan’s performance is also the fastest in the NCAA this season ahead of Cal’s Isabelle Stadden (1:48.75), who finished second at last weekend’s Pac-12 Championships.
All-Time Performances – Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke
- Regan Smith – 1:47.16 (2019)
- Beata Nelson – 1:47.24 (2019)
- Kathleen Baker – 1:47.30 (2018)
- Claire Curzan – 1:47.34 (2023)
- Taylor Ruck – 1:47.59 (2019)
- Regan Smith – 1:47.76 (2022)
- Regan Smith – 1:47.81 (2021)
- Elizabeth Pelton – 1:47.84 (2013)
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That American record is gone at NCAAs.
Me to myself: fastest since 2019 isn’t that impressive, aren’t we in like 2021?
Me to myself again: Oh, sh*t