Regan Smith

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Regan Smith turned 16 in February, 2018. Neither of her parents had a swimming background so they signed Regan up for swim lessons, and she took to it, well, like a fish to water.

13-14 Year Old

Regan Smith (photo: Mike Lewis)

In December 2016, Smith was honored as the 13-14 year old female swimmer of the year. Smith was first honored by being named to the U.S. National Junior Team.  Additionally, at the 2016 Sammy Awards, Smith was named 13-14 year old Age Group Swimmer of the Year. She placed in the top three in 14 out of 28 possible events. She set Short Course National Age Group Records in the 100 Yard Back, 51.09 and 100 Fly, 51.73. She also set a Long Course National Age Group Record in the 100M back, 1:00.26.

15 Year Old

Smith continued her record breaking performances by becoming the 7th 15 year old to break one minute in the 100m Backstroke with the time of 59.74.

2017 US World Championship Trials

Regan made the US Team by placing second in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:08.55, losing out the winner, Kathleen Baker.

2017 FINA World Championships

2017 World Champs (photo: Mike Lewis)

Smith broke a junior world record in semifinals of the 200 backstroke at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Smith, the youngest member of the U.S. World Championships team, put up a gutsy swim in a heat full of seasoned international veterans. Swimming next to Olympic silver medalist Katinka Hosszu, Smith went out patient and swam by Hosszu in the back half. Though both fell behind Russia’s Daria Ustinova down the stretch, Smith still took second in the heat in 2:07.19, and moved on to the finals. In the final heat, Regan put up a time of 2:07.42, just off her semi’s time, which got her 8th place overall.

2017 World Junior Championships

Coming off of her first senior international meet, Regan was slated for a big schedule at the world junior championships, competing in the 50m, 100m, and 200m back as well as the 50m and 100m fly. Regan placed 13th in prelims in the 50 fly, but scratched to focus on the 100 back. She went on to win the 100 back in the world junior record time of 59.11. As the meet progressed she captured gold in the 200 back (2:07.45) and 4th in the 50 back (28.12, .01 away from bronze), as well as helped team USA to a silver in the mixed 4×100 medley relay (58.95 on the back split).

2018 Pro Swim Series – Santa Clara

Regan swam unshaven at the 2018 Pro Swim Series Santa Clara, still managing to achieve a few lifetime best swims, notably in the 200m butterfly (2:10.47 ) on the night of a tough double where she won the 100m backstroke (59.75), .8 off of her best time. See her post race interview below:

2018 U.S. National Championships

Smith earned her first national title in the 200 backstroke (2:06.43) by tying for first with Kathleen Baker, qualifying her for the Pan Pac team. Smith also finished third in the 200 butterfly (2:07.42) and 100 backstroke (58.83) at the Phillips 66 National Championships. She also placed 13th in the 100 butterfly (59.06, after posting a 58.83 in the prelims).

2018 Pan Pacific Championships

On day 2, Regan swam the 100 back, ultimately touching 4th behind teammate Kathleen Baker in a time of 58.95 to just miss the medals. On day 3 she swam the 100 fly, where she made the B-final and wound up 2nd in the heat (58.62) behind teammate Katie McLaughlin. She finished off her pan pacs performance with a bronze in the women’s 200 back, touching for third in a time of 2:06.46, her first major international medal.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 200 Back 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Gold 100 Back 2017
Gold 200 Back 2017
Silver 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2017

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 500 Free 4:41.69 12/08/17 2017 MN RIPT Riptide Chill
Minneapolis, MN
scy 100 Back 50.84 03/24/18 2018 LE Speedo Sectionals
Akron, Ohio
scy 200 Back 1:48.30 03/25/18 2018 LE Speedo Sectionals
Akron, Ohio
scy 100 Fly 51.63 03/23/18 2018 LE Speedo Sectionals
Akron, Ohio
scy 200 Fly 1:53.50 03/24/18 2018 LE Speedo Sectionals
Akron, Ohio
lcm 400 Free 4:14.34 06/09/18 2018 Pro Swim Series
Santa Clara, CA
lcm 100 Back 58.83 07/28/18 2018 National Championships
Irvine, California
lcm 200 Back 2:06.43 07/26/18 2018 National Championships
Irvine, California
lcm 100 Fly 58.64 06/08/18 2018 Pro Swim Series
Santa Clara, CA
lcm 200 Fly 2:07.42 07/25/18 2018 National Championships
Irvine, California
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