16-year-old Regan Smith Sets 200 Back World Junior Record in 2:06.43

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Riptide Aquatics’ Regan Smith continued her stellar streak Thursday night at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, setting a new world junior record in the 200 back.

Smith, 16, split 29.80/31.91/32.13/32.59 for a final time of 2:06.43. Smith tied Kathleen Baker for the win in the event, making an insane push in the final 15 meters to come back on Baker, who split 29.53/31.93/32.21/32.76. She overtakes Australia’s Kaylee McKeown, whose previous world junior record of 2:06.76 was set at the 2017 FINA World Championships last year.

However, FINA only began recognizing world junior records in 2014. Therefore, Missy Franklin‘s American national age group record of 2:05.10, set in 2011, still stands. American Elizabeth Beisel is also still higher in the age group ranks (2:06.39). Smith is the No. 7 American performer of all-time.

Top performers:  US Girls 15-16 200 back
1 Missy Franklin 2:05.10
2 Elizabeth Beisel 2:06.39
3 Regan Smith 2:06.43
4 Elizabeth Pelton 2:07.48
5 Isabelle Stadden 2:08.37
6 Janie Wagstaff 2:09.09
7 Lucie Nordmann 2:09.40
8 Eva Merrell 2:09.54
9 Kylie Stewart 2:09.99
10 Kathleen Baker 2:10.23

The pair is now tied for No. 3 in the world this year.

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 200 BACK

KylieCAN
MASSE
04/08
2.05.98
2Kathleen
BAKER
USA2.06.1408/12
3Margherita
PANZIERA
ITA2.06.1808/09
4Taylor
RUCK
CAN2.06.3603/02
5Regan
Smith
USA2:06.43*WJR07/26
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Swammer2005

What a great race! The 200 back is no joke & finishing with a tie is pretty special! Love seeing these girls fight hard and have fun along the way!

swim fan

who is her coach?

12Volt

Mike Parratto

Pvdh

Canada vs USA gonna be lit in the backstrokes.

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