Regan Smith Swims 1:50.72 200 Backstroke in Dual Meet at Cal

Stanford @ Cal (Women)

Stanford freshman Regan Smith has continued to make a huge impact in her first season as a Cardinal. Today, against Cal, Smith won another two events keeping her undefeated dual meet streak alive in individual events.

Smith swam to the best dual meet time ever in the 200 backstroke as she touched first in a time of 1:50.72. That time also broke a pool record at Cal’s Spieker Aquatic Center. Smith was not suited up for the race. 

Her previous dual meet best time was a 1:52.40 which she swam a few weekends ago against Arizona. 

It was a head to head showdown between Smith and Cal’s Isabelle Stadden. Up until today, Stadden had held the fastest dual meet time ever in the event as she went a 1:51.16 back in November 2020 when she was a freshman as well. Smith led from the start but Stadden stayed right near Smith the whole time. Stadden finished second touching in a time of 1:53.17. Although the times are not as close as the race looked, Smith was able to pull away at the end using her powerful stroke. Stadden used her underwaters, helping her stay within close range throughout the race.

Smith currently holds the fastest time in the 200 backstroke in the NCAA this season as she went a 1:48.91 at midseason. Stadden holds the #3 time in the NCAA this season as she went a 1:50.02 at midseason. 

Smith’s personal best time is a 1:47.16 which she swam in March 2019 at Raleigh Sectionals when she was still in high school. That time also is the American Record. 

A showdown between the two is likely again in a few weeks as the Women’s Pac-12 Championships are scheduled to take place from February 23-26.

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SwimFan49
11 months ago

Smith and Stadden …. another set of Minnesota Twins

oxyswim
11 months ago

I think Izzy Ivey takes the 200 at NCs.

super classy swim
11 months ago

IN NO TECH SUIT?!?!

wow
11 months ago

Stanford won slightly 167-133. Stanford starting to show some signs of life, but still not looking extremely great. Championship season will tell all, though. We won’t really know where anyone has been in training until then.

Last edited 11 months ago by wow
RMS
Reply to  wow
11 months ago

I don’t think winning a dual meet by 34 points can be considered winning slightly.

pac12s
Reply to  RMS
11 months ago

Diving dude

RHMSwim
Reply to  RMS
11 months ago

If you take away diving they one by 2 points.

RMS
Reply to  RHMSwim
11 months ago

That’s why it’s swim AND dive

tnp101
Reply to  RHMSwim
11 months ago

You have to take diving points off Cal too to comoared the swimming points. I think Cal scored 6 points from diving. So Stanford won swimming by 8 points.

Stanford primary lost the Breaststroke and IM races. Regan didn’t swim 100 Back by the way and she would have win if she swam. Ivey is definitely the bright star on the Cal team.

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