Torri Huske Breaks Mary Meagher’s 38-Year-Old 100 Fly NAG Record

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sixteen-year-old Torri Huske broke one of the oldest national age group records in the books Friday night at the 2019 U.S. National Championships.

Huske finished just off the podium in 57.80, splitting 26.80/31.00, and breaking Mary Meagher‘s record of 57.93 from 1981.

Though she went 57.98 in prelims, Huske’s best time heading into the meet was 59.27, from Winter Nationals last year. She was one of three 15-16-year-olds to break :58 and shake up the all-time ranks Friday. 15-year-old Claire Curzan was also under the previous national age group record at 57.87 (26.92/30.95) after going a lifetime best of 58.16 in prelims; Lillie Nordmann was 57.96, also improving on on her 58.36 from the morning session.

Top 5 Performers: U.S. Girls 15-16 100 Fly

  1. Torri Huske, 57.80, 2019
  2. Claire Curzan, 57.87, 2019
  3. Mary Meagher, 57.93, 1981
  4. Lillie Nordmann, 57.96, 2019
  5. Cassidy Bayer, 58.11, 2016

Meagher still owns the 13-14 and 15-16 200 fly records (2:07.01 and 2:05.96, respectively).

Kelsi Dahlia, fresh off of the 2019 FINA World Championships, took the national title this week, going 57.35. Veteran Amanda Kendall, 28, was second in 57.51, and 22-year-old Aly Tetzloff rounded out the podium in 57.70.

Representing Arlington Aquatic Club, Huske placed 10th in the 100 free earlier in the meet, as well as 43rd in the 200 fly and 73rd in the 200 breast. She’s yet to swim the 200 IM and 50 free.

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Justin Thompson
3 years ago

Good to see we have some up and coming 100 fly talent for the US. Between Curzan, Huske and Smith we may have an interesting 100 fly at the Olympic trials next year.

Mikeh33
3 years ago

Mary T’s achievements are truly some of the greatest athletic feats of the 20th century.

Boknows34
3 years ago

Mary T’s 15-16 NAG in 200 fly from 1981 would’ve won world gold by nearly a second …. 38 years later

beachmouse
Reply to  Boknows34
3 years ago

2:05.96 seems to come up frequently in discussions of the women’s 200 fly at big meets. Maybe we should start describing the number of swimmers in the finals who go under the Meagher line like baseball has the Mendoza line.

Hmm....
3 years ago

Put on a spaghetti-strap suit and try that

John
Reply to  Hmm....
3 years ago

Unless you’re suggesting everyone compete naked, to level the playing field, there’s no reason to think this will ever stop. Whenever a record is broken someone brings up the suit. What’s the point? There is a long history of swimming suits; each suit “faster” than the next. The swim was legal under current rules and that’s that.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
3 years ago

incredible! Olympic watch for all these girls. Dahlia appears to be getting slower so I think this event will be open

Pkwater
3 years ago

Congrats!

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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