Regan Smith on 59.3 100 Back: “I’m Pretty Beaten Up” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Emily Seebohm, 58.96, Santa Clara 2016
  1. GOLD: Regan Smith, 59.38
  2. SILVER: Taylor Ruck, 1:00.18
  3. BRONZE: Olivia Smoliga, 1:00.23

Junior phenom Regan Smith picked up a gold on the front end of her back-to-back double. Smith dominated the field, flipping in 29.22 en route to her 59.38 win. Canadian junior star Taylor Ruck battled Olympian Olivia Smoligafor the silver, with Ruck just out-touching a hard-charging Smoliga at the finish. Chinese 14-year-old Peng Xuwei, who won the 200 back last night, was just a few tenths back in 1:00.57 for 4th, clipping 15-year-old Isabelle Stadden (1:00.63) at the finish.

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3 years ago

I think she’ll take the WR down this summer

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Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

are you the real pvdh?

3 years ago

Canada had a 15-year-old girl named Jade Hannah go 59.62 LC 100BK in the summer and I NEVER thought that would be beaten by another 15-year-old.

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Reply to  SwimmerFan99
3 years ago

Regan Smith went 58.95 over the summer

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
3 years ago

Jade Hannah is an amazing talent, but already at Junior Worlds, last August, Regan Smith was well in front of her (59.11 vs 59.62 in the100 back final, 59.11 vs 1.00.68 in the first leg of 400 medley relay, and Regan Smith swam also her PB of 58.95 in the first leg of 400 mixed medley relay).
Regan Smith really impressive in the 100 back: swimming 59.38 now, amidst heavy training, is brilliant.
Obviously, Masse, Seebohm, Baker and so on are tough obstacles to overcome.

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

Some swimmers don’t improve much between heavy raining and taper. Those swimers swim fast during heavy training then make modest dops during taper.

Some swimmers swim very very slow in heavy training and then make big drops during taper. Every swimmer is different.

3 years ago

Such a nice young woman. Her confidence seems to have grown a ton.

Reply to  joyfff
3 years ago

It’s true, she is likeable. And like her coach, who is very cautious with predictions, protecting her from unnecessary media pressure.

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