Claire Curzan Lowers National Age Group Record, Breaks National High School Record in 100 Fly

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Less than two months after breaking the 15-16 National Age Group record in the 100 fly, 15-year-old Claire Curzan has lowered it yet again.

While representing Cardinal Gibbons High School at the North Carolina 4A State Championships on Friday night, Curzan threw down a blistering 50.35 in the 100 fly to break the National High School record in addition to lowering her own NAG record.

Her splits:

  • 50 fly – 23.44
  • 100 fly – 50.35 (26.91)

Curzan’s time broke Torri Huske’s National High School record of 51.29 set at the Virginia Class 6 State Championships last season. She first set the new 15-16 NAG record in December 2019 at Juniors East with a quick 50.87, surpassing Beata Nelson’s mark of 51.08 that had stood since 2014.

Only a sophomore, Curzan’s time would currently rank fifth in the NCAA so far this season. Her previous best time prior to her impressive swim tonight was a 50.64 set in March 2019.

The Cary, N.C. native made headlines at the 4A State Championships last year for breaking the 13-14 NAG 100 fly record as a freshman. She now owns 11 National Age Group records – nine individual and two relays – across the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-16 age groups.

Curzan does her club swimming with the TAC Titans and is a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team. At the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest, she earned silver in the 100m back, bronze in both the 50m fly and 100m fly, and gold as a member of Team USA’s 4x100m medley relay.