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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dude 2.0

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


This girl has a real, legitimate shot to break the world record before 2020.


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

Coach Mike 1952

And why is Missy’s 59.18 not listed in the list, but a different time altogether?


It’s 15 year old times. Not 15-16.


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

bobo gigi

That’s a new boys’ 11/12 NAG record. It was 1.00.33 by Vinny Marciano.
His time?


59.98 officially

bobo gigi


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