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):
- Minna Atherton, Australia, 59.37 (World Junior Record) – 2015
- Missy Franklin, United States, 59.56 – 2011
- Emily Seebohm, Australia, 59.59 – 2008
- Mie Nielsen, Denmark, 59.69 – 2012
- Regan Smith, United States, 59.74 – 2017
- Rachel Bootsma, United States, 59.77 – 2009
- 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.