Regan Smith Breaks Missy Franklin’s 13-14 Record in 100 Back


14-year old Minnesotan Regan Smith, who’s already a Minnesota High School State Championship runner-up before ever taking a high school class, has broken Missy Franklin‘s 13-14 National Age Group Record in the 100 long course meter backstroke.

Swimming on Friday morning in heats at the 2106 U.S. Open Championships, Smith swam a 1:00.31, which is better than the 1:00.50 that Franklin did in the event in 2009. Franklin did her swim in the final of that year’s Junior National Championships which qualified her for her first international team – the 2009 Duel in the Pool.

Comparative splits:

  • Smith ’16: 29.23/31.08 = 1:00.31
  • Franklin ’09: 29.54/30.96 = 1:00.50

Smith’s previous lifetime best in the event was a 1:00.96 done 5 weeks ago at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Smith swims for the Riptide Swim Team in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Congrats Regan Smith!
It makes me happy that a swimmer I have been following for several years is breaking one of legendary Missy Franklin’s records.

Good luck in 2020 Tokyo!


Wow, nearly seven tenths quicker than last month!!

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Wow, Notsofastswimmer aka previously Smoothswimmer is again in action. Trolls are everywhere on swimswam!

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