Swimming on Sunday at the Star Aquatics Long Days of Summer Quad meet, 12-year old Claire Curzan clocked a 27.91 in the 50 long course meter butterfly. That broke Ella Marlow’s 2015 record of 28.07 and made Curzan the youngest swimmer ever under 28 seconds in this race.
When Curzan ages up into the 13-14 age group, which will be in about 6 weeks, she will age out of a group where 50 meter stroke age group records are kept. Unofficially, though, the fastest time by an American 13-year old in the event is a 27.42 done by future World Record holder Dana Vollmer at the 2001 Goodwill Games. Curzan is already faster than all other 13-year olds besides Vollmer, according to USA Swimming’s time databases. The fastest 14-year old on record is Whitney Hamilton, who in 2015 swam 27.01 for the Virginia Gators in this event.
Below, watch a video of Curzan’s 27.91 second swim.