13 Year Old Claire Tuggle Blasts 4:41.36 500 Freestyle

claire-tuggle-june-2017-up-and-comer
Photo Courtesy: Swimming World

Thirteen year old sensation Claire Tuggle dropped an impressive five seconds from her lifetime best to outlast 15 year old Ashley Strouse and University of Georgia commit, and Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich and win the 500 freestyle at tonight’s NCSA Junior National Championships. Tuggle touched in 4:41.36.

Strouse finished in 4:41.78 while Homovich stopped the clock in 4:41.95. The race was tight the whole way. At the 200 mark they flipped in 1:52.38, 1:52.29, and 1:52.38 respectively).

At only 13, Tuggle is now only six seconds slower than Katie Ledecky‘s 13-14 National Age Group record. That time lands her fifth on the USA Swimming All Time top 100 times list for 13-14 girls, behind Ledecky, Courtney HarnishSippy WoodheadBecca Mann. She sits ahead of Taylor Ruck (4:41.38), Regan Smith (4:41.93) and Missy Franklin (4:42.00).

At Thursday morning’s NCAA Division 1 prelims Tuggle would have touched 29th with that time.

Tuggle adds this time to the impressive 1:44.96 she posted en route to 200 freestyle gold last night.

22 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
avatar
4 years ago

good for her!

avatar
4 years ago

smh

avatar
4 years ago

Amazing.Let her have fun,she’s still only 13!

avatar
4 years ago

Swimming that fast IS fun.

avatar

Holy moley!!!

avatar
4 years ago

good God.

avatar
4 years ago

Jim Sharp this is in addition to the 200 free time I shared earlier today with you from the same young lady. I keep saying it, USA swimming looks extremely strong for 2020 and beyond.

avatar
4 years ago

Amazing!

avatar

Crazy fast!

avatar
4 years ago

13 y/o!!Wow!

avatar
Jim Tokarz
4 years ago

Kamil Sak what the fuck. This is insane

avatar
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Tokarz

Doping

avatar
4 years ago

Holy cow!

avatar
4 years ago

Murron Roff this girl is on ?

avatar
4 years ago

Holy crap…

avatar
4 years ago

Murrondid you read the article? That would have been a fun race to watch!

avatar
4 years ago

What even more astonishing for me is that 15 yrs old are now committing for college swimming. What’s next 12 and Under? Jeez….

avatar
4 years ago

Unreal!

avatar

Emma Weflen

avatar
4 years ago

That’s cookin’!!!

avatar
4 years ago

Congrats Claire! Well done!

avatar

Wow! That’s crazy fast. ?