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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2 years ago

u wot m8

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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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