UVA Women Jump Into ’22 Recruiting with Verbal Commitment from #4 Claire Tuggle

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Originally published August 17th 2020

Claire Tuggle from Mariposa, California, the #4 recruit on our Way Too Early list of girls from the high school class of 2022, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Virginia’s class of 2026.

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Virginia. It is such a blessing to be able to continue my academic and athletic career at a collegiate level. I want to thank all the friends, family and coaches that helped me reach this point. GO HOOS💙🧡⚔️”

Tuggle will be a junior at Clovis North High School this fall; she swims year-round with Santa Maria Swim Club. She shows incredible versatility in her long course events; she is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200/400/1500m free with times of 1:58.21/4:07.85/16:39.04 and a Summer Nationals qualifier in the 100m free (56.20), 800m free (8:37.27), 200m IM (2:15.02), and 400m IM (4:44.81).

In high school swimming, she won the 200 free (1:46.19) and 500 free (4:42.42) as a freshman at 2019 CIF Central Section Championships. A week later she won the 500 (4:41.60) and placed 2nd in the 200 (1:46.04) at the California State Meet. Her sophomore season was canceled this spring due to COVID.

Tuggle had a big long course season in 2019, competing first at Phillips 66 Nationals (6th in the 200 free, 4th in the 400 free, and 23rd in the 200 IM), then at Junior Nationals (1st in the 800 free, 20th in prelims of the 200 fly), and finally at FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest. There, she racked up points for Team USA with a gold medal on the 4×200 free relay (1:58.39 anchor). Individually, she placed 6th in the 200 free and 7th in the 400 free.

While her LCM performances have dwarfed her SCY swims to date, she is still the top 200/1000 freestyler in the class. That said, she also has the range eventually to be a relay threat for UVA on the one hand, and a NCAA scorer in the mile on the other.

Best Times:

  • 100 free – 49.43
  • 200 free – 1:44.96
  • 500 free – 4:41.36
  • 1000 free – 9:41.96
  • 1650 free – 17:41.17
  • 200 fly – 1:59.55
  • 400 IM – 4:16.91
  • 200 IM – 1:59.62

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5 months ago

And the rich get richer. Congrats!!

5 months ago

Wow. That’s early.
Congrats Claire!

5 months ago

I wonder how much difference Claire’s long nails make in 100 free :-), great pickup for Virginia.

Reply to  Tomek
5 months ago

They may make her 100 free faster but everyone is gonna be terrified when she hits the wall.

Beach bum jason
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

I would think more drag so slower !🤷🏼‍♂️

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

Especially the wall.

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