Phoebe Bacon was ranked #5 on SwimSwam’s Girls High School Class of 2020, and announced her verbal commitment to swim for Wisconsin on April 21, 2019.
2019 NCSA Spring Championships (Orlando, Florida)
Bacon had a full meet in Orlando, competing in several events across multiple strokes. She placed 2nd in the 100 IM (54.34), 2nd in the 200 back (1:50.71), 9th in the 100 breast (1:01.80), 9th in the 50 breast (28.11), 3rd in the 50 fly (23.74), 2nd in the 100 back (51.58), 2nd in the 100 fly (52.33), 1st in the 50 back (24.38), and 2nd in the 200 IM (1:57.62).
2019 US Open (Atlanta, Georgia)
To put a bow on what had been a breakout international year for her, Bacon competed at the US Open. She had said she had unfinished business in the 100 backstroke after not breaking 59 seconds during the summer, and it showed. In the final of the event, she upset world record holder Regan Smith and World Champs Medalist Olivia Smoliga by touching 1st in a time of 58.63, smashing the 59 second barrier.
2018 Summer Nationals (Irvine, California)
In Irvine, Bacon placed 4th in the 100 back (59.30), 9th in the 50 back (28.44), and 18th in the 200 back (2:12.09). For her finish in the 100, she earned a place on the 2018 Jr Pan Pac team and 2019 Pan American Games team.
2018 Jr Pan Pacific Championships (Suva, Fiji)
Bacon took the 100 back title in Fiji, going 59.72 to touch ahead of teammate Katharine Berkoff. She also placed 9th in the 200 back (2:10.65, 2nd fastest time of the field), and led off USA’s winning 4×100 medley relay (1:00.49).
2019 Pan American Games (Lima, Peru)
Bacon won the 100 backstroke (59.47), beating her nearest competition (Canada’s Danielle Hanus) by 0.87 seconds.
She also was a member of Team USA’s gold medal women’s 4×100 medley relay team alongside Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart and Margo Geer, setting a games record with a 59.02 split.