Regan Smith, 17, Sets 200 Back American Record at Cary Sectionals

2019 SPEEDO SECTIONALS – CARY, NC

  • March 7-10, 2019
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Raleigh, NC
  • SCY Format
  • Live Results

After going an already-jaw-dropping 49.74 17-18 national age group record in the 100 backstroke yesterday, Riptide’s Regan Smith broke the 200 back American record – and of course, the 17-18 national age group record as well – in finals at Cary Sectionals Sunday night, going 1:47.16.

Watch the full race below:

The next-fastest finisher was Claire Curzan in 1:52.76, fresh off her own 100 free NAG (in fact, Smith was the fastest 200 backstroker at the meet – male or female).

Smith, who just turned 17 in February, split 25.05/26.49 (51.54)/27.59/28.03 (55.62). Her best time before this morning was 1:48.30, swum as a 16-year-old at Akron Sectionals last year. Smith’s American record replaces Kathleen Baker‘s old mark of 1:47.30, set in March 2018 at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Check out how the swims compare:

Kathleen Baker 2018 American Record Regan Smith Previous PR
Regan Smith 2019 American Record
25.17 25.67 25.05
27.14 27.1 26.49
27.16 27.69 27.59
27.83 27.84 28.03
1:47.30 1:48.30 1:47.16

You can see from the comparison that the biggest difference between Smith’s swims came in the first 100 (52.77 versus 51.54) – she actually closed two tenths slower than in her former fastest swim. Smith’s second 100 Sunday was also considerably slower than Baker’s from 2018: 55.62 versus 54.99, but Baker took out her record swim in 52.31.

With this swim, Smith jumps from the No. 4 to No. 1 performer of any age in history. Missy Franklin‘s 1:48.42 from 2013 was the previous 17-18 NAG record.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S SCY 200 BACKSTROKE

  1. Regan Smith – 1:47.16, 2019
  2. Kathleen Baker – 1:47.30, 2018
  3. Elizabeth Pelton – 1:47.84 ,2013
  4. Missy Franklin – 1:47.91, 2015
  5. Gemma Spofforth – 1:48.34, 2009

TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S SCY 200 BACKSTROKE

  1. Regan Smith – 1:47.16, 2019
  2. Kathleen Baker – 1:47.30, 2018
  3. Elizabeth Pelton – 1:47.84 ,2013
  4. Missy Franklin – 1:47.91, 2015
  5. Kathleen Baker – 1:48.27, 2018

Smith owns the 15-16 NAG records in the 100 back, 200 back (1:48.30), and 200 fly (1:51.24). She now owns the 17-18 records in the 100 back (49.74) and 200 back. At the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships last summer, she earned her first national title in the LCM 200 backstroke (2:06.43) by tying for first with Kathleen Baker. She also finished third in the 200 fly (2:07.42) and 100 back (58.83) in Irvine.

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Stephen
3 years ago

Imagine showing up at sectionals and watching records drop over and over…

Swimmerj
3 years ago

She’s such a sweet kid. Absolute star.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swimmerj
3 years ago

And her attitude & focus are amazing. Listen to a couple of her interviews, like last summer.

FOG
3 years ago

49.66 leadoff medley relay, American Record by Regan Smith – is that correct?

Zanna
Reply to  FOG
3 years ago

Yes

Swimgeek
3 years ago

Wait, what? Do you set MM alerts for potential Am Rec chasers? You, sir, might be a bigger geek than I am! I commend you

JimSwim22
3 years ago

Backstroke 2020 is gonna be a LOT of fun!
Awesome swimming Ms Smith!

Zanna
3 years ago

Oh myyy. Did she set an American Record in the 100 back too? Beating Beata Nelson’s time of 49.67.

Teamwiess
3 years ago

She also just set the 100 back American Record leading off the 400 Medley Relay. 49.66, she beat it by 0.01.

FOG
3 years ago

Someone check the women’s 400 medley splits 49.66 leadoff 100 Back Regan Smith. American Record?

Pvdh
Reply to  FOG
3 years ago

This girl ain’t right

Wild Bill
Reply to  FOG
3 years ago

Yes -It’s a new AR –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_records_in_swimming

Old –
49.67
Beata Nelson (Wisconsin)
Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invite
November 30, 2018 / Austin, Texas

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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