Regan Smith Blasts 100 Back World Junior Record in Counsilman Prelims – 58.55


  • June 12th-15th, 2019
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI)
  • LCM (50m) pool
  • Live Webcast
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2019 Counsilman Classic”

American teenage phenom Regan Smith took down her own world junior record in the 100 back this morning at the 2019 Counsilman Classic in Indianapolis, going 58.55.

Smith, 17, split 28.46/30.09 en route to her top seed — by well over four seconds — for tonight. Her previous best time and WJR of 58.82 was recent, swum at the 2019 Pro Swim Series stop in Bloomington last month. In that swim, she was 28.48/30.34.

She’s now only .22 seconds off Missy Franklin’s National Age Group record from 2012, which stands at 58.33 (the world junior record stat is a relatively new one, and only swims from 2014 or later are eligible). Smith has already been having a stellar meet in Indiana, going a multiple PRs in the 200 free Saturday; she was 2:00.15 in prelims, then 1:58.44 in finals. She also hit a best time of 4:10.33 in the 400 free and 55.87 in the 100.

With Saturday’s swim, Smith becomes the No. 9 performer in world history, tied with Canada’s Taylor Ruck. She’s the No. 3 American behind only Franklin and current world record holder Kathleen Baker (58.00).

Ruck and Smith are now tied with the No. 2 swims in the world this year behind Kylie Masse’s 58.16.

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Smith is the American record holder in the short course 200 back and briefly held the record in the short course 100, with both swims coming in March of this year.

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2 years ago

She’s on fire

Wild Bill
Reply to  Marsh
2 years ago

Lots of ” new ” talent for 2020.

2 years ago

Oh my. Can’t wait to see her at worlds. She’s gonna be crazy

2 years ago

Christ this generation of American kids is scary

2 years ago

Crazy to think that either Smith, baker or Smoliga will be sitting out the Olympic 100 back. Not to mention a lot of other fast women.

Reply to  Caleb
2 years ago

Don’t rule out Bacon either, I think she has a shot

Reply to  BSD
2 years ago

She’s got over 1 second to drop. That’s a lot for anyone.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

Bacon’s PB is 59.12. So in effect she’ll need to be faster than 58.12? I mean I suppose it’s possible she’d need to be but that’s a bit on the bold side. The only people that have been faster are Masse and Baker…and only just. Do you really predict this or did you not realize her PB was that quick? I mean I wouldn’t put her up there with the top 3 Americans just yet but perhaps she’s no quite as far behind as you thought? I wouldn’t completely discount her especially considering her age.

Reply to  BSD
2 years ago

Why count out Stadden..

Reply to  Shibly
2 years ago

And Berkoff. There are going to be multiple 58s staying home. Brutal event

Reply to  Caleb
2 years ago

Agreed. Hate to see it but…dont count out Baker sitting out…if shes not on her game someone will swoop in…the womens 100 is unforgiving and there’s always someone there to take advantage….i think thats why she expanded her event lineup…i can see a scenario where she makes the team in the 200back or IM and gets left off in the 100. Anything can happen in the 100back

Reply to  Ervin
2 years ago

After her 1:58 200 free yesterday don’t exclude the possibility 4×200 relay.

Reply to  Caleb
2 years ago

Think Grevers Murphy Plummer in 16. Somebody was staying home.

Reply to  Elmo
2 years ago

Makes you wish the top three could go like back in the roaring 70s, and only take top four in the 100/200 as surely someone from another event could handle prelim duty

2 years ago

Sheesh!! Baker, smoliga AND Smith are all gonna be fighting for the 1 back spot in Omaha!! It’ll be fun to watch!! But at the same time, it stinks for the girl that won’t make it, because they’re all so elite.

2 years ago

Given the way she has been dropping times between prelims and finals at this meet, we may be looking at a time very close to #1 in the world and WR. Exciting!

Honest Observer
2 years ago

Smith could conceivably end up with the Phelps “problem” next year, i.e. so many events she could make the team in that she’s going to have to drop one or two of them. Right now she’s looking like a strong prospect in both backstrokes, has an outside-but-realistic shot in both fly’s, especially the 200, and after yesterday, seems like a candidate for the 4 x 200 relay as well. (And keep in mind, at her age, she’s still on a rapid improvement curve.)

As for tonight? She’s as fast as Baker in yards, no reason she shouldn’t be as fast long course as well.

2 years ago

Watched her heat in streaming: 28.46 at 50m and she finished a bit too long for her 58.55
Before the first heat of the following men’s race, she jumped out of the pool with no sign of tiredness.
If she could swim the 100 back at Worlds she would be a strong candidate for swimming the first 57″ in history.

Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

She could. She probably won’t get the opportunity in the medley relay but with the way she is swimming Greg Meehan and the other coaching stuff could decide to throw her in the mixed medley prelims to see what she could throw down. If she does really well there she could potentially take someone else’s spot in the 4×1 medley IF she is faster

Reply to  Seans
2 years ago

If she is in great form in the 200 and the other 2 aren’t under 58.5 I think they would strongly consider her.

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