Tuggle Smashes Her 2nd 11-12 NAG Of The Day With 2:02 200 Free

12-year-old Claire Tuggle has done it again, breaking her second National Age Group Record of the day in the girls 11-12 LCM 200 freestyle.

At the 2017 Summer Slam Champs in Fresno, California, Tuggle started the day off by removing a 26-year-old record from the books in the 400 free, touching in a time of 4:18.41. That swim brought Dee Brown‘s 1991 mark of 4:19.48 off the books, and gave Tuggle her 7th NAG.

About three hours later she narrowly missed Missy Franklin‘s 200 IM NAG of 2:19.12 by less than second in 2:20.03, earning herself another big PB.

Just over three hours later she was at it again, knocking over three seconds off her best in the 200 free to clock 2:02.21, and break another one of Brown’s records. Brown also held the 200 free record from 1991 at 2:03.38, but Tuggle dismantled it by over a second, and impressively by a wider margin than she broke the 400 record.

The swim also qualifies her for U.S. Nationals, dipping below the standard of 2:02.39. At 12, she’s now incredibly the 42nd fastest American in the event this year.

With this amazing day of racing, Tuggle has removed the two oldest girls 11-12 NAGs off the books. She now owns eight national records. Take a look below:

  • Girls 10 & Under SCY 200 Free – 1:58.20 – 2015
  • Girls 10 & Under SCY 500 Free – 5:13.74 – 2015
  • Girls 10 & Under LCM 400 Free – 4:37.41 – 2015
  • Girls 11-12 SCY 200 Free – 1:47.71 – 2017
  • Girls 11-12 SCY 500 Free – 4:49.32 – 2017
  • Girls 11-12 SCY 200 IM – 2:03.23 – 2017
  • Girls 11-12 LCM 200 Free – 2:02.21 – 2017
  • Girls 11-12 LCM 400 Free – 4:18.41 – 2017

Tuggle will be turning 13 in July, and has certainly left a mark on the 11-12 record book with five different records. She’ll be chasing some iconic names in her new age group, as Sippy Woodhead owns both the 200 & 400 LC 13-14 records, while Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky own the 200 & 500 yard records.

Results from this meet are available on Meet Mobile under ‘2017 Summer Slam Champs’.

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2:02 omg!!


Becoming the youngest Phillips 66 Nationals qualifier in the country, no less! Well done!


Can she go to the meet in a few days with that time?

Joshua Zuchowski

Way to go Claire!!!

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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