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.