SwimSwam Podcast: Claire Tuggle on UVA Commit, Running Her Own Swim Camp

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

I sat down with UVA commit and age-group swim star Claire Tuggle. Tuggle took me through her swimming career, which is surprisingly extensive for a 16-year-old. From running her own swim camp for 2 summers to switching her training bases for elevated training and family moves to committing to Virginia as a new high school junior, Tuggle guides us through her swim story so far.

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Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

Claire – I look forward to meeting you and watching your career continue to blossom – now and once you are officially a member of the Wahoo family!

Sam
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

and the downvote means….?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Sam
7 days ago

Maybe people are upset she chose UVA?

Con
Reply to  Irish Ringer
7 days ago

Maybe people wondering if desorbo writing her practices as well.

Swimfan
Reply to  Con
7 days ago

This wins the Internet

tired
Reply to  Sam
7 days ago

it means nobody cares if you’re a uva fan

Tomek
Reply to  Sam
7 days ago

fun?

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

Clearly, the downvotes are not about the comment, but about the voters’ dislike of UVA and/or me (and, hopefully, not a 16 yo swimmer or her hoped-for continued successes). For the record: I have never downvoted anything about one of Virginia’s rivals or an athlete who chose to go to another school – I wish everyone would have as much success as possible and may the chips fall as they are meant to fall.

Go Horns
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

Nonrevhoofan, these are trolls (most likely NCSU fans) who feed off this type of response you are giving them. We as a SwimSwam community should ignore them. Who cares about downvotes/upvotes on a positive comment such as yours?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

This must be a parody account.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
7 days ago

WTF is a Wahoo anyway?

Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

Why are we interviewing Juniors in High School? Brett Hawke is interviewing Olympians and SwimSwam is asking High Schoolers what swimming Desorbo practices are like…..

SCCOACH
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

Because there are only a handful of actual pro American swimmers and they can’t just interview the same people over and over

SCCOACH
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

I also doubt Brett Hawke is putting out daily content

swimapologist
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

“We”? Does Saw Guerrera work at SwimSwam? Is Saw Guerrera related distantly to Guerra? Is Saw referencing a saw that you would use to cut wood? Or something that you saw with your eyes?

I have so many unanswered questions. All of them are better than this question.

Swimswamfan
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
7 days ago

Maybe interview some commits to other schools as well?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimswamfan
7 days ago

Yeah. Never go full-on Hoos.

GA Boy
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

Because it’s good content? Because people want to hear from young swimmers? Because it’s an untapped market? Because young swimmers like the attention? Because it prepares these athletes for more interviews later in their career? Must I continue? Because I can think of more. You don’t have to listen but I listen to them every day.

alum14
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

Would you rather we keep college swimming as unpopular with fan support as possible? I’m sure that will help the health of college swimming

ACC fan
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

If you like Brett Hawk you’ll like Champions Mojo Podcast too. I think Coleman is doing a great job and the more all swimmers, of all ages and levels, are showcased the better for our sport.

Swimmy
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

Also you clearly don’t see that these younger swimmers are catching up to/or already have caught up to the pros and olympians. If you’re looking for fast swimmer interviews you’re getting them here, seems you just want to nit pick

TROBOB
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
5 days ago

Because she is a decent bet to make the Olympic team. I have been watching her for years. She will be top of the line 200, 400, 800 swimmer. Fine IMer as well.

Last edited 5 days ago by TROBOB
Phillip Tern
7 days ago

UVA team has been blessed with great recruiting.

GA Boy
Reply to  Phillip Tern
7 days ago

Maybe because that’s cause their coaches put a lot of focus on recruiting and are good at it? It’s not like these people just wake up one morning and pick Virginia out of a hat. These athletes are highly sought after and Virginia is simply beating everyone. They aren’t blessed, they’ve worked for it. Maybe other colleges should take notes and instead of being annoyed that a new school is doing something new, they should evolve towards the new because it is obviously working better!

Saw Guerrera
Reply to  GA Boy
7 days ago

Or maybe they break the rules like have current swimmers meet recruits on campus tours…

Go Horns
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

It is not against NCAA rules for recruits to meet team members on unofficial visits or have them show them around campus. Please inform yourself.

USC Swammer
Reply to  Go Horns
7 days ago

During a dead period it is. Also there is a pandemic going on so allowing your team to meet with recruits from other States……

Go Horns
Reply to  USC Swammer
7 days ago

As far as I know, dead period means a recruit can’t go do face to face recruiting activities with coaches and an athletic department. It does not mean that they can’t go hang out/meet with members on the team. If that is the case, some NCSU commit mentioned on this same podcast that he got to see some of the team on his unofficial visit. Does that mean that is a violation also? I don’t think so.

GA Boy
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

I’d like for you to cite a rule and a specific occurrence. In addition, that still wouldn’t explain the previous 2 years.

Learn the rules
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

“Current swimmers meet recruits on campus tours….” this is not against any rule. What are you talking about?

Saw Guerrera
Reply to  Learn the rules
7 days ago

You’re trying to tell me that the number 3 female recruit is flying across the US (from a COVID hotspot) to just take a tour on your campus and you don’t have your team hang out with them? Also tell me that as the head coach he isn’t texting them while they’re on campus…she even states in the video they have a great relationship…. she was on the market for a month between the time it was permissible to contact her and the time she committed….

Learn the rules
Reply to  Saw Guerrera
7 days ago

You are trying to tell me that its “breaking the rules” for a prospective student athlete to hang out with team members during an unofficial visit. This is 100% incorrect. There is absolutely no NCAA recruiting rule against this.

She stated in the video that she did not meet face to face with the coaches because it is an NCAA dead period. Recruits can still talk to coaches through other channels (texting, phone, email, etc.) during an NCAA dead period. How do you think recruits are committing during the dead period?

You are trying to accuse someone of “breaking the rules” when you obviously have no idea what the rules are. Troll.

Last edited 7 days ago by Learn the rules

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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