Regan Smith Drops #8 15-16 200m Back at Indy Sectionals – 2:09.79

2017 Speedo Sectionals – Indianapolis

  • March 30 – April 2, 2017
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Live results: Meet Mobile
  • Course: LCM

Kicking off the meet was 15-year-old Regan Smith of Riptide, taking the 200 back with a huge personal best of 2:09.79. That time marks her first venture under the 2:10 barrier– her previous best was a 2:11.41 from the 2016 U.S. Open. Smith now ranks 7th all-time for the 15-16 age group, moving ahead of Kylie Stewart.

15-16 Girls 200 LCM Back All-Time List

2:05.10 Missy Franklin Shanghai 7/24/2011 Final
2:06.39 Elizabeth Beisel Rome 7/26/2009 Final
2:07.48 Elizabeth Pelton Irvine 8/18/2010 Prelim
2:09.09 Janie Wagstaff 1/2/1991
2:09.40 Lucie Nordmann Minneapolis 8/9/2016 Final
2:09.54 Eva Merrell Minneapolis 8/3/2016 Final
2:09.79 Regan Smith   Indianapolis   3/30/2017 Final

Touching 2nd in the race was Grace Ariola of Waves Bloomington with a 2:12.21, while Vien Nguyen finished 3rd with a 2:14.75. On the men’s side, Carmel swept for 1st and 2nd places. Drew Kibler, who has been dropping lifetime bests left and right of late, posted a 2:00.22 to slide in at #25 for the 17-18 age group and the win. Kibler had never broken 2:10 before this week. 2nd went to 15-year-old Wyatt Davis with a 2:01.10, which ranks him 13th on the 15-16 age group top 100 list. Missouri State’s Paul Le grabbed 3rd with a 2:03.01.

Kibler wasn’t done, coming back in the next event to win the 50 free at 23.24, a bit off of his best time. Carmel’s Andrew Couchon was 2nd at 23.94, just getting under 24 seconds. For the women, it was Anya Goeders to the wall first at 25.72, edging out Ariola (25.86).

Emily Weiss of Cardinal Community Swim Club won the women’s 200 breast with a 2:31.39, which slots her at #35 in the 15-16 age group. Weiss is coming off a high school season where she broke Lilly King’s 100y breast Indiana high school record as a sophomore. For the men, it was Nils Wich-Glasen at 2:15.45, the only finisher under 2:20. Wich-Glasen just this past weekend raced at the 2016 Men’s NCAA Championships, and he stuck around to get some LCM racing in.

Ending the night with a win was the Carmel team of Trude Rothrock (2:05.47), Kelly Pash (2:05.67), Sammie Burchill (2:06.24), and Emma Nordin (2:05.79) for a time of 8:23.17 in the 800 free relay. Waves Bloomington touched 2nd in 8:29.45, getting a 2:03.56 anchor leg from Melissa Pish.

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It will be interesting to see where Regan Smith ranks on that list after 2018 Pan Pacs, which will still be well before she ages up.

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It would have been funny if Kibler’s first time under 2:10 was also under 2:00.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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