2018 CENTRAL ZONE SECTIONALS – AKRON
- March 22nd-25th, 2018
- Ocasek Natatorium, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
- Results on Meet Mobile “2018 Speedo Sectionals Section 3 Central Zone”
While the incredibly tight race the men’s NCAAs is taking up most of our attention, there’s plenty of swimming happening across the country, including some other big swims.
This morning at the Akron Sectionals, Riptide’s Regan Smith set a new 15-16 National Age Group record in the 100 back. Smith dropped 0.02 seconds off her seed time this morning, splitting in 25.07/26.21 for a 51.28. Her previous best of 51.30 came at the 2017 USA Swimming College Challenge, where she split a virtually the same 25.07/26.23.
That swim is still a bit off of Smith’s best time, however, which stands at 51.09, a time she set while still a 14 year-old. Smith dropped nearly two seconds from prelims to finals Thursday en route to setting the 200 Back National Age Group Record, so it seems likely that she should have a good drop in the 100 back this evening, and set a new personal best. It’s quite conceivable should could even get under the 17-18 NAG, which stands at 50.50 and held by current Cal swimmer Amy Bilquist.
Smith’s only other event this morning was the 200 free relay, where she lead off in a new personal best time of 23.14, leading Riptide to a 1st place finish in the timed finals relay.