Regan Smith Becomes 7th 15-Year Old Under 1 Minute in 100 Back

Regan Smith became the 7th 15-year old to break the 1-minute barrier in the long course 100 meter backstroke globally on Saturday. She swam a 59.74 to win the race at the Indianapolis Sectionals and break her own prelims record of 1:00.62 in finals. The old record was a 1:01.38 by Emily Bos from the 2009 meet.

Smith, who turned 15 in February, went out in 28.95 and came back in 30.79. Missy Franklin currently holds the National Age Group Record of 59.18.

List of 15-year olds who have gone under 1 minute (by best time):

  1. Minna Atherton, Australia, 59.37 (World Junior Record) – 2015
  2. Missy Franklin, United States, 59.56 – 2011
  3. Emily Seebohm, Australia, 59.59 – 2008
  4. Mie Nielsen, Denmark, 59.69 – 2012
  5. Regan Smith, United States, 59.74 – 2017
  6. Rachel Bootsma, United States, 59.77 – 2009
  7. Daria K. Ustinova, Russia, 59.78 – 2014

Smith trains with the Riptide Swim Team in Minnesota. Her previous-best, done at last year’s U.S. Open, was a 1:00.26.


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  1. dude 2.0 says:

    lots of time between now and 2020, but this girl has a real, legitimate shot to make the Olympic team/medal.

  2. Markster says:

    Emily Seebohm used to represent the USA? Is that true or a typo?

  3. SCSswammin says:

    Ronald Dalmacio just went under a minute at an intrasquad meet today

  4. Pvdh says:

    Should be a threat as soon as this summer

  5. hswimmer says:

    When you’re under a minute in 100 back, you are a threat anyways.

  6. Meistro says:

    Bootsma in 2012
    Plummer 2016
    Smith in 2020

    Minnesota backstrokers

  7. bobo gigi says:

    Not an April Fool here. 🙂
    Congrats to Regan and her coach.
    Always a great accomplishment for a female backstroker to break the minute barrier.
    An important step in Regan’s career. And she turned 15 only last February!
    She can make a top 5 at next world trials in both backstroke events. Top 2? The 200 back is very open with Missy probably absent and Maya retired. 2.08 low should be enough to qualify. Making the top 2 to qualify for worlds in the 100 back will be tough with Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga who are at their best right now but anything is possible with such a young talent who improves at a fast pace. No limits.

  8. Emanuele says:

    Wow, US tradition (both male and female) in baskstroke is amazing.

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