1ST ANNUAL SUN DEVIL OPEN
- June 2-4, 2023
- Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Psych Sheets
- Results on Meet Mobile “2023 Sun Devil Open”
Regan Smith set a new American Record in the LCM 200 butterfly tonight as she swam a 2:03.87 in her home pool in Tempe. Smith broke the previous record of 2:04.14 set by Mary Mohler (nee DeScenza) back at the 2009 World Championships during the supersuit era.
Mohler’s record was the third-oldest LCM American Record still standing. The only ones set before Mohler were the 400 IM (Katie Hoff 4:31.23 June 29, 2008) and 200 IM (Ariana Kukors 2:06.15 July 27, 2009). Kukors was only two days older than Mohler’s.
That was a huge personal best for Smith whose previous best stood at a 2:05.30 which she swam to win silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
|Smith- Sun Devil||Smith- 2020 Tokyo||
Mohler- 2009 Worlds
Smith was faster here today on every 50 compared to her previous best time from Tokyo. In addition, Smith was out faster than Mohler was back in 2009. Mohler touched at the 100 mark in a 1:00.57. Smith was almost a whole second faster today as she swam 59.58 on the first 100.
Smith also set a new US Open Record with her swim from today. That broke Summer McIntosh‘s record of 2:05.05 which she swam back in March of this year at Pro Swim-Fort Lauderdale.
McIntosh led the World in the event this season up until tonight. McIntosh swam a 2:04.70 at Canadian Trials at the end of March, setting a World Junior record.
Smith is the top American in five events so far this season: the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM.
Race video of the event is down below, courtesy of Buttstroke Swimming on Twitter:
Regan Smith's American/US Open record-breaking 200m Butterfly.
Absolutely ERASED the 5,000+ day record 🤯🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/qxp3fN88Gy
— Buttstroke Swimming (@ButtstrokeSwim) June 5, 2023