17-Year-Old Regan Smith Shatters Missy Franklin’s 200 Back World Record

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

After breaking her own World Junior Record in the heats of the women’s 200 back this morning with a 2:06.01, 17-year-old American Regan Smith dropped almost another 3 seconds, breaking the 2012 World Record held by Missy Franklin. Smith swam a 2:03.35, shattering the record by .71 seconds. Franklin’s record had seemed like one that would stand for a while longer, since the fastest non-Franklin swim since she set the record in 2012 was Australia’s Emily Seebohm, who clocked a 2:05.68 at the 2017 World Champs.

With the swim, Smith now holds the World Record, World Junior Record, American Record, and 17-18 NAG for Americans. Franklin was also 17 when she set her World Record. Going by age, Franklin’s WR would have also been a World Jr Record, however, FINA did not yet recongize WJRs in 2012. Here is a split comparison between Smith’s WR swim, Missy Franklin‘s WR swim, and Smith’s WJR swim this morning.

REGAN SMITH 2019 WORLD CHAMPS SEMIFINALS REGAN SMITH 2019 WORLD CHAMPS PRELIMS MISSY FRANKLIN 2012 OLYMPIC FINAL
29.06 29.44 29.53
31.31 (1:00.37) 31.50 (1:00.94) 30.97 (1:00.50)
31.47 (1:31.84) 32.34 (1:33.28) 31.66 (1:32.16)
31.51 32.73 31.90
2:03.35 2:06.01 2:04.06

Smith was under WR pace the enitre way through the race, even outsplitting Missy’s race on every 50 except the 2nd. Smith stayed incredibly consistent on the last 3 50s, with those 3 coming in at a range of only .20 seconds.

Here is video of the end of Regan’s race:

Fastest Women’s 200 Meter Backstrokers in History:

  1. REGAN SMITH, USA – 2:03.35 (2019)
  2. Missy Franklin, USA – 2:04.06 (2012)
  3. Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe – 2:04.81 (2009)
  4. Anastasia Fesikova, Russia – 2:04.94 (2009)
  5. Emily Seebohm, Australia – 2:05.68 (2017)
  6. Margherita Panziera, Italy – 2:05.72 (2019)
  7. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary – 2:05.85 (2017)
  8. Kylie Masse, Canada – 2:05.94 (2019)
  9. Maya DiRado, USA – 2:05.99 (2016)
  10. Belinda Hocking, Australia – 2:06.06 (2011)

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YaYeeter
2 years ago

crazy

PJP
Reply to  YaYeeter
2 years ago

IMO What’s crazy is FINA does not allow a swimmer ranked in the top ten in the world in an event an automatic qualification to swim.

college swimmer
2 years ago

what

Pvdh
2 years ago

Improving Pb by 2.5 seconds like she’s a 9 year old

Fluidg
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

She went 2:06.4 in May in heavy training. This isn’t out of nowhere.

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Geez, seems like only yesterday I was hearing about her at sectionals. What a talent.

PhillyMark
2 years ago

Almost lowered the WR as much as Milak lowered MP’s! Very impressive as nobody has come close to that record in last 7 yr

Pkwater
2 years ago

Anyone who thought that record was out of reach. She doesn’t need to go a 2:04 if she just skips right to 2:03

Ytho
Reply to  Pkwater
2 years ago

Reminds me how Milak skipped 51

YaYeeter
Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago

Yup. Milak also skipped 1:51 in the 200 😉

Justhereforfun
Reply to  Pkwater
2 years ago

My bad. I’m eating my words now

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  Pkwater
2 years ago

I thought she went out fast in the morning session.

nicktamtam
Reply to  Pkwater
2 years ago

Continuing the ”tradition” that Milak initiated and Dressel advanced Smith made Missy’ s world record look as if it was a soft record. That’ s not the case. 2:04:06 remains and it will remain for the years to came an untouchable time for all the women backstrokers not named Regan Smith.

Pkwater
Reply to  nicktamtam
2 years ago

You don’t think people will challenge her next year? HA! We will see

Rafael
2 years ago

Both set the WR when 17 years old. Where the next 17 year old to break the record?

Swimmer
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

In a womb

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Destroyed that WR.

Monteswim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Obliterated.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

3.2 seconds faster than the best qualifier to the finals !!! unmatched , Outwardly swim