2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES
Riptide’s 18-year-old Regan Smith set another NAG Record on Thursday night at the Des Moines Pro Swim Series. In the 200 fly final, Smith raced to a lifetime best 2:06.39. That erases the former 17-18 NAG Record of 2:06.95 set by Katie McLaughlin at the 2015 World Championships. Smith’s swim was a lifetime best by nearly a second and her first time under 2:07.
|New 17-18 NAG Record||
Old 17-18 NAG Record
|100m||32.50 (1:00.54)||32.19 (1:00.28)|
|200m||33.27 (1:05.85)||34.13 (1:06.67)|
Smith’s previous lifetime best in the 200 fly was 2:07.26, swum at the 2019 Summer National Championships after returning from Worlds.
Smith’s time, while officially the 17-18 record, is actually not the fastest time for an American junior: in 1981, Mary T. Meagher swam a 2:05.96 when she was still only 16-years old. That swim remains as the 15-16 National Age Group Record.
Smith is best-known as a backstroker, especially after breaking World Records in both the 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke events at last summer’s World Championships; however, there has been a long-simmering suspicion that she might be as good in the butterfly events as well. With this swim, that butterfly potential is really bubbling to the surface. For perspective, Smith swam a 2:06.43 in the 200 back last season in May, about 2 months before the World Championships, before dropping down to 2:03. This meet is about 2-and-a-half months before the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Smith got out to the lead and held it through the final turn, but Worlds medalist Hali Flickinger kicked it into gear on the final 50, out-touching Smith at the finish in 2:06.11. That took down the former Pro Swim Series Record. Flickinger is the 3rd fastest U.S. 200 butterflier in history. With her time tonight, Smith moves up to #7 on that list.
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