14-Year-Old Regan Smith Destroys Minnesota Age Group Records

This weekend, not only did Regan Smith of the Riptide Swim Team take down seven Minnesota LSC 13-14 Age Group Records, but she even outswam some of the 15-16 and 17-18 records set by local talent like Rachel Bootsma. 

Smith, a 14-year-old, won every individual event she swam at the 2016 Minnesota LSC Senior State Meet, often outswimming athletes three, four, or five years her senior.

Perhaps her most impressive swims of the weekend came in the 200 free and the 200 back. In both events, she took down the Minnesota 13-14 LSC record by a big margin, but even more impressively, she outswam both the Minnesota 15-16 and 17-18 records as well. In the 200 free, her 1:46.77 took down Courtney Evensen‘s 1:49.92 13-14 mark, while also coming in faster than the 15-16 record 1:48.79 set by Hannah Bowen and the 17-18 1:47.22 set by Bootsma, a 2012 Olympian. Smith’s 200 back from this weekend, a 1:55.23 outdid her own 1:55.94 13-14 mark, along with McKayla Hinkle‘s 15-16 1:56.60 and Tess Behrens‘s 17-18 1:58.09.

The below chart shows all of Smith’s individual swims in comparison to the old 13-14 Minnesota LSC age group records and the records in the next two age groups up.

Event (SCY) Smith’s Time Old MN 13-14 Record MN 15-16 Record MN 17-18 Record
200 free 1:46.77 Courtney Evensen: 1:49.92 (-3.15) Hannah Bowen: 1:48.79 (-2.02) Rachel Bootsma: 1:47.22 (-.45)
500 free 4:53.15 Kallyn Barkey: 4:55.27 (-2.15) Kiera Janzen: 4:51.41 (+1.74) Brooke Zeiger: 4:39.50 (+13.65)
100 back 52.58 Regan Smith: 53.65 (-1.07) Rachel Bootsma: 51.53 (+1.05) Rachel Bootsma: 50.76 (+1.82)
200 back 1:55.23 Regan Smith: 1:55.94 (-0.71) McKayla Hinkle: 1:56.60 (-1.37) Tess Behrens: 1:58.09 (-2.86)
200 fly 1:59.73 Bre Thorne: 2:01.78 (-2.05) Rachel Bootsma: 1:58.53 (+1.20) Rachel Bootsma: 1:55.57 (+4.16)
200 IM 2:00.28 Regan Smith: 2:01.55 (-1.27) Madison Preiss: 2:01.91 (-1.63) Rachel Bootsma: 1:58.16 (+2.12)
400 IM 4:15.80 Madeleine Eden: 4:22.80 (-7.00) Kallyn Barkey: 4:18.65 (-2.85) Brooke Zeiger: 4:06.63 (+9.17)

You can see the full results from the meet here.

And, you can look at the full list of Minnesota Swimming state records here.

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MN Swim Mom

Watched her whole weekend in Minneapolis. She swam 18 races in three days + a relay on Thursday night I think. VERY full schedule on not much rest. She crushed it. Didn’t look happy with her 500 free or 200 back. Was clearly tired. She’s swimming again this weekend in Rochester. 11 months left in the 13-14 age group give or take so a lot of NAG records in jeopardy. Didnt swim 100 Fly this meet but is this weekend. Think she’ll get that NAG. Hope Minnesota enjoys watching. Bet she’ll be fast again. Good luck to you, Regan. Minnesota is proud. AND congrats to ur Riptide team on its senior state championship win.


I am very interested in to look Regan’s improving in next 4-6 month. I hope she can break national some records before she will turn to 15. Some body said Regan is a small frame girl not like Missy and Alex Walsh ( she is 4 month older than Regan, but she is 5’11”), I saw Regan in this year Jan, she looks around 5’6″ or 5’7″. I think this is only difficulty thing for Regan to chase national records.


She has a very bright future ahead of her. She reminds me of Missy Franklin as a young swimmer. Hope she keeps pushing towards 2020 and beyond.

East Coast Bias

This kid is swimming under the tutelage of a GREAT, seasoned coach in Mike Parratto. Jenny Thompson anyone? He has a plan and he’ll implement it very specifically. Anybody who thinks she won’t challenge STRONGLY in the 100 Back at Trials in several months isnt doing their homework. Parratto knows exactly what he’s doing. BIG cuts easily ahead. Particularly in 50 meters of water. By the way, her 200 free drop was, honestly, awesome. Barely 14?

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