Regan Smith Continues Forward Momentum With Swift 56.68 100 Fly Prelim Swim At Olympic Trials


Regan Smith is on fire. After recently breaking the 100 LCM backstroke American record just a few weeks ago, Smith opened up the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials with her fastest ever 100 fly prelim swim. She put her hands on the wall in 56.68, her fourth fastest ever time in the event. She took the race out very conservatively, splitting 27.11 through the first 50 before blasting home in 29.57. She posted her best time (56.26) just last month at the Speedo Grant Challenge meet.

Smith has focused on the backstrokes, in addition to the 200 fly, at the international level, but has surged in this shorter fly distance over the past year. She ranks 3rd as we head into semifinals later today, as Gretchen Walsh (55.94) and Torri Huske (56.26) sit ahead of her as of now.

Smith is scheduled to contest both backstroke distances, as well as the 200 fly, later in the meet. She holds the American record in each of those three disciplines and is the former world record holder in both backstroke events.

Full Results (Semi-Final Qualifiers):

  1. Gretchen Walsh (NAC), 55.94
  2. Torri Huske (AAC), 56.26
  3. Regan Smith (TXLA), 56.68
  4. Alex Shackell (CSC-IN), 57.07
  5. Kelly Pash (TXLA), 57.66
  6. Beata Nelson (UN-WI), 57.68
  7. Claire Curzan (TAC-NC), 58.17
  8. Abby Arens (WOLF), 58.19
  9. Emma Sticklen (TXLA), 58.22
  10. Lillie Nordmann (ALTO), 58.38
  11. Leah Shackley (BRY), 58.47
  12. Josephine Fuller (TENN), 58.56
  13. Annika Parkhe (PAC-IL), 58.58
  14. Olivia Bray (TXLA), 58.67
  15. Charlotte Crush (LAK), 58.68
  16. Dakota Luther (TXLA), 58.73

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1 month ago

Three 55s??? That would be nuts.

Last edited 1 month ago by Zippo
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Shane Maximus
1 month ago

This seems like a hype piece. The real story was Gretchen Walsh qualifying first. Beata Nelson crushed it. I question if her publicist/agent pushed for this. Good swim for Regan Smith but this is not her personal website.

Good luck to the Top 16!

Reply to  Shane Maximus
1 month ago

Yes agreed, this is a weird article

Reply to  Shane Maximus
1 month ago

Strange you find it acceptable to mention Beata who has so little chance to make it vs Regan looking on fire.

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