16-Year Old Regan Smith Swims 1:48 in 200 Yard Back at Sectionals

2018 Central Zone Sectionals – Akron

  • March 22nd-25th, 2018
  • Ocasek Natatorium, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Results on Meet Mobile “2018 Speedo Sectionals Section 3 Central Zone”

16-year old Regan Smith, a member of the USA Swimming National Team and the 2017 World Championships Team, has crushed the 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 200 yard backstroke.

Smith, who bypassed her ascribed Section 1 Sectionals meet in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin earlier this meet, is instead racing in Akron, Ohio. There, she swam a 1:48.30 in the first final of the meet. That improved upon her own record of 1:50.01 set in prelims, Kylie Stewart‘s old record of 1:50.66 from 2013, and Smith’s prior personal best of 1:51.30, done at the 2017 U.S. College Challenge.

Smith Stewart Smith
Old PB Old Record New Record
26.83 25.88 25.67
27.98 27.94 27.1
28.36 28.34 27.69
28.23 28.5 27.84
1:51.30 1:50.66 1:48.30

Stewart swam her previous record-setting swim at the 2013 NCSA Junior National Championships.

Besides the all-time age group record, Smith jumped past World Record holder Missy Franklin as the fastest 18-and-under ever (Franklin’s 17-18 record is a 1:48.42), and also moved into 4th on the all-time rankings at any age.

Top 5 Performers all-time, any age, 200 yard backstroke:

  1. Kathleen Baker, 1:47.30, 2018
  2. Liz Pelton, 1:47.84, 2013
  3. Missy Franklin, 1:47.91, 2015
  4. Regan Smith, 1:48.30, 2018
  5. Gemma Spofforth, 1:48.34, 2009

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Regan does not play. She gets it done. Great swim Regan.?


I’ve been waiting for this article since she broke the record in prelims. It’s also worth noting that Regan wound up winning the event by more than 8 seconds ahead of Kathryn Ackerman, who also landed on the NAG top 100 at 78th

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