1ST ANNUAL SUN DEVIL OPEN
- June 2-4, 2023
- Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Psych Sheets
- Results on Meet Mobile “2023 Sun Devil Open”
Regan Smith has done it again.
After dipping under the 2:10 barrier for the first time on Friday morning with a 2:09.78 prelims swim at the Sun Devil Open, Smith took another full second off her best time during finals to go 2:08.48. Not only is that time faster than what it took to win gold at the 2020(1) Olympics and what it took to win silver at the 2022 World Championships, but it also makes her the fourth-fastest American of all-time and the 16th-fastest performer of all-time.
With Smith’s time from Friday being faster than the best times of Leah Hayes (2:08.91) and Kate Douglass (2:09.04), she has suddenly become a front runner to qualify for the 2023 U.S. World Championships team in the 200 IM.
Fastest U.S. Performers Of All-Time, Women’s 200 IM:
- Ariana Kukors — 2:06.15 (2009)
- Alex Walsh — 2:07.13 (2022)
- Kathleen Baker — 2:08.32 (2018)
- Regan Smith — 2:08.48 (2023)
- Madisyn Cox — 2:08.51 (2021)
- Melanie Margalis — 2:08.70 (2017)
- Maya DiRado — 2:08.79 (2016)
- Leah Hayes — 2:08.91 (2022)
- Caitlin Leverenz — 2:08.95 (2012)
- Kate Douglass — 2:09.04 (2021)
In prelims, Smith saw the most improvement compared to her pre-Sun Devil Open personal best on breaststroke, as she dropped over a second in arguably her weakest stroke. From prelims to finals, she dropped the most on free, taking 0.54 seconds off her her closing 50 split. In addition, she also dropped three-tenths of a second on back, 19 one-hundredths on fly, and 27 one-hundredths seconds on breast.
|Regan Smith, 2022 U.S. Open||Regan Smith, 2023 Sun Devil Open Prelims||Regan Smith, 2023 Sun Devil Open Finals|
Ever since the 2022 U.S. Open last December, there has been wide debate over whether Smith should seriously pursue the 200 IM, with the main argument against it being that she already has too many other events on her plate that she’s better at. However, after Friday, it has become evident that the 200 IM is clearly one of her better events that she has a serious chance of medalling in on an international stage.
Smith still has to race the 100 fly, 100 back, and 200 fly later on at the Sun Devil Open.
Race video of Smith’s swim is courtesy of Buttstroke Swimming on Twitter:
— Buttstroke Swimming (@ButtstrokeSwim) June 3, 2023
- Hali Flickinger and Jay Litherland won the women’s and men’s 400 free with times of 4:08.69 and 3:52.24, respectively. Litherland’s time was his fastest since the 2017 U.S. Nationals, which was where he set his best time of 3:50.36.
- Chase Kalisz swam a 1:57.51 to win the men’s 200 IM, while Hubert Kos placed second in 1:59.18. Owen McDonald swam a huge personal best of 2:00.72 to place third, dropping nearly two seconds from the 2:02.45 he swam at trials last year. Kalisz’s swim was the second-fastest of the 2022-23 season, behind the 1:56.52 he went at the U.S. Open.
- Ryan Held (22.10), Jonny Kulow (22.39), and Jack Dolan (22.52) all swam a 22.5 or better to go 1-2-3 in the men’s 50 free.
- Simone Manuel won the women’s 50 free with a time of 25.22, while Olivia Smoliga was just 0.01 seconds behind her. In third was 14-year-old Delaney Barbee, who swam a 26.19 to improve from her personal best of 26.33.