Claire Curzan is a premier high school swimming talent

Cardinal Gibbons High School (NC) swimming phenom Claire Curzan has racked up a vast array of accolades for her pool exploits, and she’s thrilled about her most recent accolade – 2022 USA TODAY High School Sports Awards Girls Athlete of the Year.

“It was definitely shocking, but also a huge honor,” the Stanford University-bound Curzan said regarding the selection. “I was very excited about it. I was honored to even be nominated for this award and to become a finalist. To think that I had won it was absolutely crazy, but I’m super happy and really fortunate. I’m really glad I was able to bring some more notoriety to swimming.”

The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is the country’s largest high school sports recognition program – with 24 in-person local shows nationwide culminating with the national show that captured the true essence of sports, where commitment to the spirit of competition, the pursuit of excellence , the willingness to embrace challenges and the formulation of lifelong bonds intersect.

Curzan capped her senior season by earning Most Outstanding Swimmer honors at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Women’s Swimming State Championships by virtue of establishing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 49.24 seconds. She also delivered a new NFHS record in the 100 Backstroke at 49.61.

Additionally, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games Silver Medalist helped the Crusaders 200- and 400-Yard Freestyle Relay teams to the top spots in their final high school events.