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

2021 TAC TITANS LONG COURSE PREMIER MEET

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

2Ranomi
Kromowidjojo
NED24.1104/09
2Cate
Campbell
AUS24.1103/20
4Emma
McKeon
AUS24.1703/20
5Maria
Kameneva
RUS24.2004/09
5Liu
Xiang
CHN24.2009/28
7Femke
Heemskerk
NED24.2804/09
7Pernille
Blume
DEN24.2803/21
9Zhang
Yufei
CHN24.3112/31
10Melanie
Henique
FRA24.3412/12
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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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Kwrb77
24 days ago

Does anyone know what Curzan went before the DQ?

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Kwrb77
24 days ago

24.44 as well.

NCSwimFan
24 days ago

Above lists Curzan as having “scratched the event”, but she got DQed for a 15m violation. Went the exact same time as Huske.

VA Steve
24 days ago

That wasn’t a scratch. Great racing. So many events are going to be wild at OT!

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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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