Claire Curzan tears back 1:48.50 200, Stanford continues impressive meet

Claire Curzan snatches back 1:48.50 200 as the Stanford women continue their impressive performance at NC State Invite

During the final session of the NC State Invitational in Greensboro, NC, Stanford freshman Claire Curzan scored a top performance as she jumped onto the all-time top 10 list in the women’s 200m backstroke. It was an impressive performance over all three days for the head coach Greg Meehans Cardinal Team and later Stanford Schwimmer Torri Huske (100 freestyle) and Charlotte Haken (200 butterfly) swam the best times in the country at their respective events.

On the men’s side, the state of Arizona Leon Marchand had the best performance of the night, diving under 1:40 in the 200 butterfly.

1650 women’s freestyle

Stanford’s Aurora Roghair was more than eight seconds ahead of the overall best time in the 66-lap race. She finished 9/16/84, fourth in the country so far, behind three other swimmers who competed this weekend, Georgias Abby McCullahAlabama Kensey McMahon and Georgia Techs Deniz Ertan. Roghair was less than four seconds from her NCAA championship time from last year, a 16:06.04 that was good for 15th overall.

The NC State duo of Brooke Travis (16:18.38) and Yara Hierath (16:20.40) in second and third place.

1650 Men’s Freestyle

Penn State freshman Edward Cisternas led freely throughout 1650 and had enough advantage to fend off Stanfords Gabe Machado by almost two seconds at the end. Cisternas finished the race in 15:16.25 while Machado was second in 15:17.91. The third went to Arizona State Parker Reynolds at 15:20.29.

200 women’s backstroke

Stanford freshman Claire Curzan became the 10th fastest performer in history in the 200 back with a dominant performance in Greensboro. Curzan, a bronze medalist in the 100-meter backstroke at the World Championships and a finalist at three other individual events at World Championships, is better known for her sprinting skills but enjoys racing the 200 meters and demonstrated those skills with a 1:48.50 swim.

That time is easily the fastest across the country this season, with Tennessee’s Josephine Fuller Second at 1:50.12 and no one else has broken 1:51 yet. Curzan’s time would have placed second at last year’s NCAA championships ReganSmithwho retired from NCAA swimming after a year and faced rivals such as Phoebe Bacon, Rhyan White and Isabel Staden.

In this race taylor jerk Second was Stanford in 1:51.66. Ruck swam the nation’s fastest time in the 200m freestyle, but in the 200m backstroke she was more than four seconds off her best time of her life with a time of 1:47.59, which puts her fourth all-time. NC states Emma Muzy finished third in 1:52.22.

200 men’s backstroke

Stanford’s Leon MacAlister just under 1:40 when he came from behind to beat Arizona State Jack Wadsworth. The Sun Devils swimmer was more than a second on the field at halftime, but MacAlister, fifth in the event at last year’s NCAA championships, shot a 25.54 split on the third 50 and 25.97 on the way home, to switch to a comfortable guide in the finish.

MacAlister won the event in 1:40.13, just behind Georgia Ian Grum and auburns Aidan Stoffle in the preseason national rankings, while Wadsworth finished second with a 1:40.90. Owen McDonaldalso of the Sun Devils, finished third in 1:41.28.

100 women’s freestyle

Torri Huskethe Stanford sophomore who became one of the top swimmers in the world in 2022 dominated a field that included the third-place finisher in the NCAA championships Catherine Berkow. Huske showed significant improvement in the 100-meter freewheel that year, winning the event at the US International Team Trials (her last trip to Greensboro before that meeting) and taking bronze at the World Championships, finishing that race in 46.85 , more than a second ahead of Berkoff.

Huske’s time was the fastest in the country so far this year, just hundredths faster than the defending NCAA champion’s 46.89 Gretchen Walsch swam in the Tennessee Invite. Berkoff was second here in 47.96 while Huske’s Stanford teammates Lili Nordman (48.45) and Kaya Wilson (48.70) finished third and fourth, respectively.

100 men’s freestyle

The Arizona State men showed signs of the tremendous performance they are capable of in the 400m free relay as Sun Devil swimmers claimed the top four spots in that race. Max McCusker took the win in 42.03, holding off his teammate Grant housewho finished second in 42.11. patrick samon (42.45) and Jack Dolan (42.53) completed the sweep.

200 women’s breaststroke

duke’s Sarah Foley took advantage of a brilliant last 100 to come from behind and pass NC State’s Andrea Podmanikova for the win here. Foley was eight tenths behind Podmanikova at halftime, but she finished in 1:05.23 to take the win in 2:06.61, just ahead of Podmanikova in 2:06.77. Those times ranked fifth and sixth in the country, respectively behind the American record Kate Douglas at the Tennessee Invitational and Virginia’s Alex WalschIndiana Noelle Peplowski and Alabama Avery Wiseman.

It was a 1-3 finish for Duke here as Kaelyn Gridley Third in 2:07.82.

Men 200 Breaststroke

In an extremely tight finish, Penn State’s Mariano Lazzerini came to the top of the state of Arizona from behind David Schlicht and win the race by 0.11. Lazzerini finished in 1:54.38, Schlict in 1:54.49. Another Penn State swimmer, Dan Raisanendropped to the third 50 but finished well and took third place in 1:54.66.

Ladies 200 butterfly

A head-to-head duel between Stanford Charlotte Haken and Arizona State Lindsay Looney even saw Hook move to the third 50 and then end up pulling away en route to the fastest time in the country. Looney was out at halftime in 54.07, three tenths ahead of Hook, but the Stanford freshman, returning to her home state of North Carolina, was brilliant in the back half.

Hook finished in 1:52.48, the country’s fastest time so far this season, while Looney was almost a full second behind with 1:53.42, good for No. 2 in the national rankings. NC states Abby Arenas Third in 1:54.83.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

of the state of Arizona Leon Marchand opted for the 200 breaststroke over the 200 butterfly at last year’s NCAA championships, and he won a national title in that event while also becoming the second fastest player in history. But in addition to his individual medley skills, Marchand is an elite butterfly swimmer, as evidenced by his silver medal in the 200m fly (rear Kristof Milak) at the 2022 World Championships. He drove the race on Saturday night in Greensboro and clocked under 1:40 for the first time.

Marchand went wire to wire, finishing in 1:39.57. That moved him up to 16th on the event’s all-time list, one spot ahead of him Michael Phelps. He is the first man to break 1:40 so far this season while an ASU teammate Alexander Kolson finished second in 1:40.78 for the second fastest brand so far this year. Andrew Gray finished the Sun Devil Sweep third in 1:40.78.

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay

Stanford dominated the field in the 400 free relay by two and a half seconds as a team of taylor jerk, Lili Nordmann, Claire Curzan and Torri Huske swam a time of 3:09.82. Ruck led in 47.44 while Curzan separated 47.21 and Huske came home in 46.96 as the Cardinal recorded a mark more than a second faster than Virginia’s loaded squad swam at Saturday night’s Tennessee Invite.

NC states Abbey Webb, Catherine Berkow, Kylee Alons and Abby Arenas finished second in 3:12.47, with Berkoff separating 47.40 on the second leg and Stanford’s B-Team third, 3:14.86 back Anna Shaw, Kaya Wilson, amy tang and Morgan Tankersley.

Men’s 400m freestyle relay

The Arizona State men dominated the 400 free relay to close out the competition. Max McCusker, Grant house, Leon Marchand and patrick samon combined for a mark of 2:47.93, with both House (41.83) and Sammon (41.51) breaking at 42. The time was seven-tenths behind Tennessee’s 2:47.27 as a previous best in the country. In ASU’s breakout sixth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Sun Devils finished second this season behind Texas in 2:46.40.

NC states Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Giovanni Izzo, Luke Mueller and hunter tap finished second in 2:49.3 w, with Miller posting a 41.69 span that was second best in the race behind Sammon. NC State’s B-Team Jack Dolan, Julian Hill, Cody Bybee and Jonny Kulow finished third in 2:49.79, with Kulow separating 41.91.

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