Claire Curzan Nails 57.37 Prelim in 100 Butterfly at TAC Titans Invitational; Duel With Torri Huske Set

Claire Curzan

Claire Curzan Nails 57.37 Prelim in 100 Butterfly at TAC Titans Invitational; Duel With Torri Huske Set

When the psych sheets were released for TAC Titans Premier Invitational, the headliner event was not hard to find. With Claire Curzan and Torri Huske both entered, the 100-meter butterfly became the event to watch. After all, both teenagers are expected to contender for invitations to Tokyo at this summer’s Olympic Trials in Omaha.

On Saturday morning, during prelims for the 100 fly, Curzan and Huske set up their much-anticipated duel when they qualified as the top-two seeds for the final. It was Curzan who really sizzled, as she registered a time of 57.37. That mark suggests Curzan might be able to challenge her career-best time of 56.61, an effort that has made Curzan the swimmer to beat at Trials.

Huske appeared to hold back in prelims, as she touched the wall in 59.31. Huske figures to go considerably faster at night, which was the case on Friday when she dropped a personal best of 53.46 in the 100 freestyle. That outing immediately thrust Huske into the conversation for an Olympic berth in the 100 free, or at least a spot on the American 400 freestyle relay. Curzan was 54.40 in the 100 freestyle and is also expected to be a factor in the event in Omaha.

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