Phoebe Bacon Leads Medley Off in 59.02 to Break Coughlin’s 100BK Pan Am Record


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16-Year-Old American Phoebe Bacon swam a personal best leading of the Team USA women’s 4×100 medley relay at the Pan American games. Bacon led off in 59.02, bettering her personal best by .10 seconds. Bacon’s previous best was 59.12, which she swam at last Summer’s US Nationals. That time establishes a new Pan American Games Record, as the previous record was held by Natalie Coughlin in 59.05. Bacon’s time was also .45 seconds faster than the 59.47 she swam to win Gold in the individual 100 back earlier in the week.

Here is a split comparison between Bacon’s old best and her lead-off from tonight:

Phoebe Bacon 2019 Pan American Games Relay Lead-off 2018 US Nationals
50m 29.04 28.80
100m 29.98 30.32
FINAL TIME 59.02 59.12

Bacon was out slower tonight than she was last Summer, but she came home considerably faster. That swim marks the first time Bacon has gotten both splits under 30 seconds. Her swim also keeps her as #2 all-time for American girls in the 15-16 age group. The National Age Group Record is held by Regan Smith at 58.83.

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Its crazy how when Coughlin went 59.0 4 years ago that made her a favorite to make the Olympic team. Now a 59.0 100 back puts you maybe in the top 5 contenders, and to make the team you’ll probably have to be low 58


I wouldn’t say top 5. Strong 3-4 depending on how Baker recovers


Smith, Smoliga, Bacon, Baker, Berkoff will be 57-58.5 next summer


Missy Franklin’s Olympic Trial meet record of 58.85 is gonna get demolished. Probably at least 5 girls under that mark. This event has progressed so much in the last quad, especially in the US

Coach Mike 1952

A truer statement has never been made about this.


If only Beata Nelson could swim long course well


That depends which Kathleen Baker shows up at the Olympic Trials, the one from the summer of 2019 or the one from the summer of 2018.

As a point of reference, Olivia Smoliga’s personal best is 58.73 in the women’s 100 m backstroke.

Bobo Gigi

The amazing competition in the US women’s 100 back pushes everybody to improve constantly. But it’s crazy and sad to think that so many great talents will stay at home next year and will watch the olympic games on TV.


Very true but is said about every USA olympic team….that is why they only let 2 per country

Texas Tap Water

Bobo, what happened to French swimming? Why did it dropoff so quickly and suddenly?

Jay Ryan

The French sent some good young swimmers to US Nats like that young 18 yo Backstroker 53.8 and their breaststroker who went 1:00.08 (although he was born in 1995)

Texas Tap Water

France was #19 in Gwangju with pitiful 2 bronze medals, behind swimming powerhouses such as Ukraine and Norway.




On the opposite end of the spectrum, the women’s 100 m butterfly will most likely need to rely upon Huske and Curzan going forward.


Dare I think it? Dare I say it? Speaking of talents staying at home, Katie Drabot better start looking over her shoulder in the women’s 200 m butterfly. It’s not a question of if, but when.


How does this have 18 downvotes? Ya’ll are wild.

The Ready Room

Bobo Bots out in full force.

Paul Thomas

It’s somewhat insane to think that Olivia Smoliga, who just got done winning backstroke gold and bronze at the world championships, is a decided underdog to even make the team next summer in her best event.

If I were her, I might just focus a bit more on freestyle, as I do think she has a good shot at making the 100 free relay team.


I was thinking the same thing. The women’s 100 free is relatively weak at this point.


If you can go 53.anything, you have a decent chance to be top 6.


Bacon crushed it this week! The American backstroke machine keeps churning ’em out.


The vast majority love “sizzling” Bacon.


I like bacon bits.

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