Phoebe Bacon Breaks Down Epic 200 Back Duel with Regan Smith

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – INDIANAPOLIS (#4)

Reported by James Sutherland.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK FINAL

  • PSS Record: 2:05.94, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 2:12.94
  1. Phoebe Bacon (UN), 2:06.84
  2. Regan Smith (RIPT), 2:06.90
  3. Mariella Venter (CW), 2:12.11

Phoebe Bacon and Regan Smith put on a show in the final of the women’s 200 backstroke, battling stroke-for-stroke all the way to final touch.

The third 50 turned out to be the difference-maker for Bacon, as she pulled ahead by .06 before the two produced matching 32.92 splits on the last length, leaving the reigning NCAA champion with the victory in 2:06.84 to Smith’s 2:06.90.

The time is a massive personal best for Bacon – she entered the day with a best of 2:08.82, and then lowered it to 2:08.34 this morning – and moves her into third in the world this season and first among Americans.

Smith, the world record holder at 2:03.35, goes well under her season-best (set this morning at 2:08.74) to move into fourth in the world and second among U.S. swimmers.

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Pinkunicorns
1 year ago

To me it seems like Phoebe does not have the sense of entitlement that Regan has.

Swimmy
Reply to  Pinkunicorns
1 year ago

I think Bacon seems super cocky and entitled…when has Regan been entitled?

Bucky Backstroke
1 year ago

That was a fun race to watch. Two amazing swimmers with really bright futures. Congrats to Phoebe. On Wisconsin!

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