Regan Smith Does Not Set Goal Times? GMM presented by

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USA National Teamer, Regan Smith, does not set goal times.  That was a surprise to hear. Most elite swimmers are, of course, driven by goal times–but Regan is only 16 years old.  It sounds like she’s going with the flow, trusting her training, and not putting too much pressure on herself, a good plan at this point in her career.   So, I’m not making any specific predictions about US Nationals or Pan Pacs. 

I will say her 2017 World Championships performance in the 200m backstroke reminds me a little of Michael Phelps’ 2000 Olympics 200m butterfly.  She raced the best in the world at a very tender age, got the experience, and her future appears unlimited.  I’d like to see Regan make the Pan Pac Squad and improve on her 8th place finish from ’17 Worlds.  I’d like see her in a few finals in Tokyo, gaining as much international experience as possible, and I’m wondering if her 100m butterfly will breakthrough. She’s on the cusp with a 58.64, her personal best, set in-season at the recent TYR Pro Swim Santa Clara.   What do you think?


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bobo gigi

I’m happy she’s not obsessed with times. Not only she’s very talented and works hard but looks like she’s also a very mature poised smart young lady.
I’ve watched her develop since she’s 10 and her first NAG records. She’s far from reaching her top. Physically she has a huge margin of progression yet. Just the beginning of a great career. And not just on backstroke. Free already pretty good. Fly already very good. Yes her breaststroke is bad right now but she’s young and has much time ahead of her to improve it if she wants to be a great 200 IMer. No limits for Regan Smith.

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BOBO!!! Up vote!


Is this a record for the most dislikes on one of Bobo’s comments?


I think sometimes swimmers can become too focused on goal times at the expense of simply racing. After all, isn’t winning the race the most important goal, particularly at her elite level?

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I always thought PBs were top of the list as an age grouper (not at WC or the OG). I think Regan’s been improving so much, goal times don’t matter. Keeping the stress of competition as low as long as possible makes sense–for now.


It kind of sounds like she doesn’t set goal times because she doesn’t want to put a limit on what she can do. Absolutely no doubt in my mind that she is a future world record holder, and sooner, rather than later.

BTW, I was in the stands when she set those NAG records at age ten. Only time I ever thought about asking a 10-year old for her autograph.


I was also at that same meet when she was 10 and set those NAGs. Really the first time I had seen her swim – 8 swims that meet and, as I recall, 8 LSC records and 4 NAG records. That was certainly the day she became a household name among MN swimming families.

Mr G

Wouldn’t it be cool if she swam as Gopher for a year or two before going pro?


She won’t. Gophers are cool but they won’t get her.


She will head to Tennessee and lead em to that NCAA title they deserves.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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