Torri Huske Erases Simone Manuel’s 17-18 NAG Record in 50 Free – 24.44

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Just after Claire Curzan‘s huge 100 back, Arlington Aquatic Club’s Torri Huske shot out to a new best time to win the 50 free by almost a second.

Huske clocked a 24.44, a massive outing for just her first swim under 25 seconds in the event to snap Simone Manuel‘s 17-18 NAG record of 24.56 from 2014.

Huske’s best coming into the meet was a 25.34, which she took down modestly with a 25.26 this morning to tie with Curzan for the top time of prelims. Curzan tied her again in finals but was DQ’d for a 15-meter underwater violation. Had that been a legal swim, she would’ve easily cleared Gretchen Walsh‘s NAG record in the 15-16 category (24.71).

After going a blazing 21.39 in March in the yards version of this event, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Huske would be able to break 25, but going that far under 25 suddenly puts her into the Olympic team conversation here.

That 24.44 moves Huske all the way up to #6 on the all-time top performers list for Americans, as she’s now just the seventh American woman to go faster than 24.50 in the event.

TOP U.S. PERFORMERS, 50 FREE

  1. Simone Manuel – 23.97
  2. Dara Torres – 24.07
  3. Amanda Weir – 24.23
  4. Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28
  5. Madison Kennedy – 24.39
  6. Torri Huske – 24.44
  7. Jessica Hardy  – 24.48
  8. Lara Jackson – 24.50

Within the Olympic Trials qualifying period (beginning November 28, 2018), Huske is now the #2 American behind Manuel (24.05) and ahead of Weitzeil (24.47). This season, though, the 18-year-old Stanford commit is now the top American in the event, coming in at #9 in the world rankings.

2020-2021 LCM Women 50 Free

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McKeon
08/01
23.81
2Cate
Campbell
AUS23.9406/17
3Ranomi
Kromowidjojo
NED23.9705/18
4Pernille
Blume
DEN24.0605/17
5Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE24.0708/01
6Kasia
Wasick
POL24.1705/18
6Claire
Curzan
USA24.1705/14
8Abbey
Weitzeil
USA24.1907/31
9Maria
Kameneva
RUS24.2004/09
9Liu
Xiang
CHN24.2009/28
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With a 56.69 in the 100 fly and a 53.46 in the 100 free already this weekend, Huske has quickly become a three-event threat individually for the U.S. Olympic team.

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ALEXANDER POP-OFF
1 year ago

I wouldn’t count Weitzeil out so quickly. The young uns are immensely gifted but Trials is a DIFFERENT ball game. Abbey has a lot of experience pacing herself through the heats, holding composure and getting her hand on the wall when it counts.

W_P_1
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
1 year ago

Remember when she anchored the Cal 400 free relay in a 46.0 with her arm wrapped? I’m with you, she shows up when it counts.

Swimfan
1 year ago

And just think just think back in 2015 the American woman were lacking in all four legs at the world championships on the medlay relay and now heading into Tokyo they legit have at least four different options for each leg and they still can win gold

(Smith baker curzan smoliga white bacon bilquist) -back
(King jacoby hanis lazor margalis)-breast
(Curzan huske dahlia stewart smith mclaughlin)- fly
(Manuel weitzeil walsh huske commerford brown ledecky ) free

They can probably put 3 relays together and sweep the podium

Swimmer
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

I think ur reaching on some of those names but I get your point lol

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

Wow that sucks for Curzan. But wonderful swims by both ladies, trials is going to be crazy.

Swimfan
1 year ago

Weitzel will still be in tokyo at least for 4×100 free relay individual seem less likely now

Swimmer
1 year ago

Stanford is gonna be deadly next year with her, smith, possibly Ruck, and the other redshirts and recruits coming in.

Joe
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Yeah they might be three top 10 (maybe top 5) swimmers in NCAA next year haha

NC Fan
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

And Curzan hasn’t committed for the next year yet. We know what that too often means. Could she, Torri, and Regan really all swim at the same school…and would it be possible for that school to actually still be in a battle for the title?

NCSwimFan
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

Charlotte Hook hasn’t committed yet either. The talent in Charlottesville though, especially considering Gretchen is heading there, may be too much to overcome.

Admin
Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 year ago

I think Virginia has next year under control.
2022-2023? If Stanford got Hook and Curzan, that would make it a battle.

Imagine a medley relay where Torri Huske is the freestyler and not the butterflier.

Tomek
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

I hope Curzan will go to Virginia to create a better balance with Stanford

Teamwiess
1 year ago

Love that the two of them have each other to use to get better. Excited for the future.

Joe
1 year ago

This and the 100 fly are two simply insane races. Very exciting to see young swimmers looking like they are ready to compete for OT spots.

BDL Swim
1 year ago

Torri also swam a 2:11.6 in the 200 IM. That would’ve placed ahead of Kathleen Baker at the Mission Viejo meet. It’s going to take a lot to beat Cox/Margalis/Baker at Trials, but Huske is certainly putting her name in contention for multiple Olympic events. She is in beast mode!

MX4x50relay
Reply to  BDL Swim
1 year ago

It’s going to be tight

Last edited 1 year ago by MX4x50relay
Hswimmer
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 year ago

That’s what she said

Anonymoose
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 year ago

dont you have homework to do or playing with little action figures?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 year ago

I’m not in school, good try.

troubadour
Reply to  BDL Swim
1 year ago

Huske did the 2:11 200IM as the very next women’s final after 50Free on Sunday schedule, immed after the adrenaline she burned up going 50 crazy meters with Curzan right there nose and nose. lots of fine young adult athletes would have shaking legs and drained tank. She dove in and had a better leadoff 50 split than any of the “big girl” IMrs at Mission Viejo on Sunday final. They were all fresh and rested overnight. Everything is pretty special

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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.

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