Katrina Radke talks with Regan Smith about what it was like to go 59.89 in 100 backstroke as a 10 year old, and break a total of four National Age Group Records. Regan broke four national age group records (50 and 100 butterfly, 50 and 100 backstroke), with the 100 backstroke crushing the old record of 1:01.71. Let’s put the 100 backstroke in perspective: the former record was set by 1996 double Olympic Gold Medalist (100 backstroke and 4×100 medley relay), Beth Botsford. Beth swam at NBAC and University of Arizona and is now assistant coach at University of Wisconsin.
Additionally, in the 50 backstroke, she broke star swimmer and two-time NCAA Champion in the 100 backstroke, Cindy Tran‘s record by two one-hundreths. Regan is in good company.
Her great friend, Madison Shimek is also a great backstroker and freestyler, from Minnesota. Madison and Regan share how they both love to push each other in practice, race each other in meets, and have fun as friends.
Hear what they consider fun at ages 11 (Regan just turned 11) and 12 (Madison)!
They both are swimming at the Minnesota State Age Group Championships this weekend, in Rochester, Minnesota, hosted by Med City Aquatics. Results can be found at mnswim.org
To see more information on her four National Age Group Record Swims, check out Braden’s article, here:
FEATURED PHOTO: Left to right: Maddy Shimek, Regan Smith.
Katrina Radke is an Olympic Swimmer, Sport Psychology Professor, Bestselling Author of Be Your Best Without the Stress, and runs a peak potential business, WECOACH4U with her husband, Olympic Coach and former Stanford Coach, Ross Gerry.
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