Regan Smith Explains the Importance of $2 Sunday Laser Tag (Video)


Reported by Anne Lepesant.


  • American record: 3:56.46, 8/7/2016, Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open record: 3:57.94, 5/17/2018, Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 4:05.45, 12/20/1987, Janet Evans


  1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital – 4:00.81
  2. Kiah Melverton, TSS Aquatics (AUS) – 4:07.38
  3. Leah Smith, Tucson Ford Dealers – 4:08.06

Katie Ledecky was out quickly, with the fastest reaction time and a quick first 100 meters. She was up by a full body length already with 57.80 at the 100 wall. Leah Smith and Kiah Melverton were in second and third. Allison Schmitt was in fourth, nearly even with Smith and Melverton. At the 200 wall it was Ledecky in 1:58.56, Melverton in 2:02.15, and Schmitt with 2:02.22.

Ledecky was 2:59.44 at the 300 wall, while Smith and Melverton were tied with 3:05.82. Ledecky brought it home with a final time of 4:00.81 for a new U.S. Open Meet record. Melverton came home with the fastest final 50 and out-touched Smith, 4:07.38 to 4:08.06, for the silver medal.

Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers won the B final in 4:09.99 ahead of Sarasota Sharks’ Emma Weyant (4:10.33) and Riptide’s Regan Smith (4:10.40).

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Woke Stasi
9 months ago

So much poise! I hope she hasn’t ruled out going pro.

Reply to  Woke Stasi
9 months ago

‘If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times Poise Counts!’

Reply to  PhillyMark
9 months ago

Is that you Cosmo?

9 months ago

Class act. I am sure it is hard to act like nothing changed. I mean to dominate worlds and win 2 back by 2 n half seconds and beat Missy’s record that no one has been close to is pretty awesome. Best of luck to her and hopefully she will have a long career ahead

Reply to  Troy
9 months ago

Fortunately she has an amazing coach who will prepare her for both in and out of the water. She’s in great hands with Mike!

9 months ago

could the interviewer like shut up and do a much better job? yes, i think the answer is yes

Reply to  anonymoose
9 months ago

The back and forth banter seemed to bring out Regan’s personality a bit more

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