After American Record in 100 Back, Regan Smith Surges with 1:49.78 200 Fly


  • March 12-15, 2021
  • Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 MN AQJT March Invite”

Riptide’s Regan Smith, the World Record-holder in long course in the 100 and 200 back, nearly bookended tonight’s session at the Aquajet March Invite with American Records.

After dropping a 49.18 in the 100 back to erase Beata Nelson‘s American record, Smith returned in the 200 fly, exploding for a 1:49.78. That is her first time under 1:51, and she is now just the third woman ever to break 1:50 in this event. She was just two-tenths off of Ella Eastin‘s American Record of 1:49.51, set in 2018, and she’s also the youngest woman ever to break 1:50 at 19.

Smith was 52.97 going out and 56.81 coming home, holding 28’s after a 24.89 opening 50. Her old best was a 1:51.24 from the 2018 Winter Junior Nationals – West, now over two years ago. That time had her as the #9 performer all-time.


  • 24.89
  • 28.08 (52.97)
  • 28.31
  • 28.50 (56.81)


  1. Ella Eastin – 1:49.51 (2018)
  2. Regan Smith – 1:49.78 (2021)
  3. Elaine Breeden – 1:49.92 (2009)
  4. Louise Hansson – 1:50.28 (2019)
  5. Kelsi Dahlia – 1:50.61 (2016)

Smith is deferring her freshman year at Stanford to focus on the Olympics this summer. This weekend has been massive for her, especially after a couple of long course meets where she wasn’t swimming best times.

She went a 49.88 in the 100 fly here in Minneapolis, becoming the first woman ever under 50 seconds in both the 100 back and 100 fly (a few have come very close). She’s now also the only woman under 1:50 and 50 in the 200 and 100 fly, as well as just the second woman under 1:50 in both the 200 back and 200 fly after Eastin.

Smith was 1:47.81 in the 200 back this weekend, too, just off of her personal best and American Record time of 1:47.16.

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6 months ago

what the….

6 months ago

Was Regan at all rested for this?! Wow.

Reply to  PFA
6 months ago

Regan rewrote history twice tonight. In the 100s and 200s of fly and back.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  PFA
6 months ago

Maybe partially

6 months ago


6 months ago

Amazing effort

6 months ago

Keep an eye on this kid, I think she might have a future in this sport.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  sven
6 months ago

Yeah she might turn out to be a pretty good swimmer

Reply to  Jay Ryan
6 months ago

Yeah definitely in the talks for a couple events possibly this summer you never know.

Reply to  sven
6 months ago

Let’s calm down you never know how these teenagers translate to LC.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swammer
6 months ago

Um, world record holder in 100 & 200 back, only person under 58 & 2:04? Need more proof?

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
6 months ago

I’m assuming he was being sarcastic

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  PVSFree
6 months ago

Yup, let myself fall for that – what I get for replying when half asleep. LOL

6 months ago

Yeah – but can she swim in the big pool? 😉
In seriousness – this is the best news I’ve heard for Team USA in some time. Wow! We need peak Regan in Tokyo – this looks like a darn good sign of that.

Reply to  Swimgeek
6 months ago

Look at the other names on the list. Have any of them done anything long course?
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good sign for Smith, but people shouldn’t act as if this 100 % means that she will be great long course in the summer.

Reply to  AnEn
6 months ago

Do you seriously think she hasn’t been 100% focused on LCM for at least the last two years? Just because she was able to go ridiculously fast in what was basically a one-off SCY time trial doesn’t mean that her priorities have changed.

6 months ago

Under 50 in 100 back/fly, under 1:50 in 200 back/fly

6 months ago
100 back at 46:20
200 fly at 1:51:10

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Bobsanchez
6 months ago

Thank you for the link Bob

Wild Bill
Reply to  Bobsanchez
6 months ago

Thank you!

Fun to watch.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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