Regan Smith Breaks 15-16 National Age Group Record Without Best Time


  • Saturday, October 21-Sunday, October 22
  • Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 25 yards
  • USA Roster
  • Pac-12 Roster
  • Live Results
  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2017 College Challange” (sic)

While most of the participants at this week’s USA vs. Pac-12 College Challenge meet are just ramping up their new seasons, 15-year old Regan Smith is already in mid-season form. As an encore to her spot as the youngest member of the United States’ team at the World Championships last summer, Smith swam a 51.30 in the 100 yard backstroke on Sunday.

While not a personal best for her, it is the fastest she’s been since her 15th birthday, and is the fastest swim ever done by an athlete in the 15-16 age group. The old record was done by a fellow Minnesotan, and eventual Olympic gold medalist, Rachel Bootsma in 2010. That year, she swam a 51.53.

Smith was already #2 in the age group – having been 51.66 on a relay leadoff on Saturday. This is her first competitive meet since Worlds, though she did race at a Riptide intrasquad event in September.

Smith’s best time is a 51.09, which is the 13-14 record. In spite of only being a high school sophomore, Smith is already swimming times even at early-season meets that would have qualified her for the A-final at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.

Smith’s other results in this meet:

  • 400 medley relay (leadoff) – 1st place
  • 200 backstroke (1:51.30) – 2nd place
  • 800 free relay – 2nd place
  • 100 back (51.30) – 2nd place
  • 200 fly (1:55.02) – 2nd place


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She’s fast.

She’s so good long course and short course. Any college will be lucky to have her.

Smith already wanna goto Stanford
its been her dream school foreva

u can ask her bffs Nordmann Bartel & Forde
game over everybodys 😀 😀 😀

I thought Stanford didn’t admit students who are home schooled? Or is that not the case?

I’d love it so much if the swimswam poster “Coach” is Greg Meehan

Haha that would be awesome. Just trolling us all.

i only wish i can be coach like da Greg Meehan lol
he da best coach eva 4 develop recruits 2 Olympians

h8ters will always h8te
go check my old posts

told ya long ago Ruck Bartel Tankersley Raab Nordmann Goeders Fackenthal
they da best all comin 2 da best school & top swim program in da hole country

Merell & Lee wanna come 2 Stanford
but da AO 2 tough on da 2 recruits

anotha huge tip 4 u all & u can thank me l8ter
Raab already talkin 2 Walsh & its lookin good

Thanks for the info Greg

Smith and Walsh coming to the Farm? This is really great news! There I was thinking nothing could top our incredible 2018 class 🙂 All hail Greg and Tracy!

Any college would be lucky to have either athelete on their squad. Super talented individuals.

Steve Swims

I called it. She peaked.

Science Geek


she’s far from peaking lol

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