LIVEBARN Race of the Week: Claire Curzan Rips Fastest 200 Back Time in Past Four Years

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.

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

  1. Regan Smith – 1:47.16 (2019)
  2. Beata Nelson – 1:47.24 (2019)
  3. Kathleen Baker – 1:47.30 (2018)
  4. Claire Curzan – 1:47.34 (2023)
  5. Taylor Ruck – 1:47.59 (2019)
  6. Regan Smith – 1:47.76 (2022)
  7. Regan Smith – 1:47.81 (2021)
  8. Elizabeth Pelton – 1:47.84 (2013)


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3 months ago

That American record is gone at NCAAs.

3 months ago

Me to myself: fastest since 2019 isn’t that impressive, aren’t we in like 2021?
Me to myself again: Oh, sh*t

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