Video interview and capture by Katrina Radke (@katrinaradke_)
Regan Smith of Riptide had a sensational weekend in Minnesota… to say the least. At the tender age of 13, she held her own with the heavyweights and finished in the top 10 of both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. In the 100, she was able to hold off the field in the consolation final and take 9th place; she finished in 1:01.49 (her best being 1:01.32) ahead of Trojan Swim Club’s Kendyl Stewart (1:01.95) and Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton (1:02.44).
In the 200, arguably her better event, she skipped consols and went all the way to finals, where she finished 5th overall with a time of 2:13.72 (her previous best being 2:14.69). By any standards you want, I’d say Ms. Smith had herself one heck of a big old time in Minneapolis.