Regan Smith Re-Breaks 100 Back NAG Record at U.S. Open


14-year old Regan Smith broke the 13-14 National Age Group Record in the 100 long course meter backstroke on Friday evening. She swam a 1:00.26, which improves upon the 1:00.31 that she swam in prelims on Friday at the 2016 U.S. Open in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The record previously belonged to Missy Franklin, who has since gone on to win 4 Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championships, including 8 of them combined as a backstroker.

Comparative splits:

  • Smith Final: 28.96/31.30 = 1:00.26
  • Smith Prelims: 29.23/31.08 = 1:00.31
  • Franklin ’09: 29.54/30.96 = 1:00.50

Smith went-for-broke on the opening 50 meters, where she led the field, and while she paid on the back-half of the race, she still had enough to re-break the record.

Smith took 2nd place in the race behind Australian veteran Holly Barratt, who swam 59.96.


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5 years ago

Holly Barratt 59.9?!?!?! Jeez, She was an average 61/62 swimmer for years and is no spring chicken… Aussie backstroke revolution is REAL!

Smith & Walsh are gonna bring it big time in 2020!

Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Andrei Minakov – 14 – 54.04 100m Fly – New NAG (54.59 by MA)

Ole ole
5 years ago

Regan Smith is gonna be the star of 2020 Olympics.

You heard it here first!

no doper in rio
Reply to  Ole ole
5 years ago

Walsh says.. nu uh.. Remember my name!

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Congrats Regan. Next step is breaking the minute barrier.

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