Levenia Sim Downs Regan Smith’s 13-14 100 Back NAG In 51.03

2021 NCSA SPRING INVITE

TNT Swimming’s Levenia Sim dropped a massive best time to break Regan Smith‘s National Age Group Record in the 13-14 girls’ 100 backstroke (SCY), producing a time of 51.03 at the NCSA Spring Championships in Orlando.

The 14-year-old Sim entered the meet with a best time of 51.95, set just last month, and then sliced over nine-tenths off that to get under Smith’s NAG of 51.09 set in 2016.

Sim’s swim in February not only marked her first time sub-52, but it was also her first time under 53, with her best previously sitting at a 53.17 from December.

That 51.95 had ranked her fourth in the age group, trailing Smith, Claire Curzan (51.23) and former NAG record holder Alex Walsh (51.62).

Sim also went 52.34 in this morning’s prelims, which is faster than everyone other than the aforementioned three in the age group’s history (fifth all-time is Amy Tang, 52.75).

Comparing the former and new NAG record splits, Sim was significantly faster on the opening 50, flipping in 24.49 to Smith’s 25.07.

Swimmer 1st 50 split 2nd 50 split Final Time
Regan Smith, 2016  25.07  26.02 51.09
Levenia Sim, 2021  24.49  26.54 51.03

Sim also currently holds the 11-12 NAG in the SCY 50 backstroke (25.65).

Smith has gone on to assert herself as the world’s fastest female backstroker, holding the world records in the long course 100 and 200 back, along with the American and U.S. Open Records in the SCY 100 and 200.

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Mnswim
5 months ago

Wow! Great swim 🙂

wow
5 months ago

Out in 24.49? OOF.

Hannah
Reply to  wow
5 months ago

She won the 50 back yesterday in 24.00 so she’s definitely got speed.

swammer
5 months ago

WOW 24.49? amazing!

Khachaturian
5 months ago

WHAT IS HAPPENING

USA
5 months ago

Todd Desorbo is typing…..

worm
Reply to  USA
5 months ago

mike bottom would like to have a word

Hswimmer
5 months ago

Back in 26.0 wow

Hswimmer
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Oops looked at regan

SimpforMacNeil
5 months ago

MacNeil jr.

Wild Bill
5 months ago

And…not monster tall.

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Wild Bill
5 months ago

Neither is regan

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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