Claire Tuggle Breaks 40 Year Old 11-12 500 Freestyle NAG Record


Clovis Swim Club’s Claire Tuggle broke yet another 11-12 National Age Group record at the 2017 NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

After breaking the 200 freestyle record twice yesterday, the 12 year old broke the 500 freestyle record in tonight’s final. Her time of 4:49.32 was just below the previous mark of 4:49.51, which was set by Cynthia Woodhead in 1977.

Tuggle is only the third 11-12 year old girl to ever dip below the 4:50 mark. The first was Woodhead. The other is two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton, who went 4:49.81 in 2005.

Yesterday Tuggle set the National Age Group record twice in the 200 freestyle, swimming a time of 1:47.71 at finals. She also holds National Age Group records in the 10&Under 200 freestyle SCY (1:58.20), 500 freestyle SCY (5:13.74), and 400 freestyle LCM (4:37.41).


  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    For what it’s worth the American / NCASrecord- holder in the women’s200 free ranks sixth on thus oust and the American/ NCAA record- holder in this event, who of course also holds the NCAA record, ranks 18th.

    Sippy Woodhead, the former record- holder, is the former AR- holder in the 500. a former world record- holder in the 200 meter free and Olympic silver- medalist in the latter @ Los Angeles.

  2. avatar

    Imagine Sippy was not wearing a tech suit back in 1977. So far ahead of her time.

  3. Dilek Newlon

    I think she’s the next Ledecky. Those are crazy fast times for a 12 year old.

  4. Stella Preissler

    Wow! Our next great freestyle Olympian i think!

  5. Nadia Margison

    Way to represent Clovis Swim Club!! ??