Regan Smith Swims 2:05.94, Sets New 200 BK PSS Record in Knoxville


Day 4 Finals Recap

17-year-old World record-holder Regan Smith has set a new Pro Swim Series record in the 200 back, clocking in at 2:05.94. That takes down Canadian Taylor Ruck‘s 2018 record of 2:06.36.

Smith’s 200 Back Splits- PSS Knoxville Finals

  • 29.66
  • 31.31
  • 32.15
  • 32.82
  • 2:05.94

Smith also broke her own Tennessee pool record of 2:07.53, set at last year’s PSS meet in 2019. Her swim in Knoxville is now the 18th-fastest performance in history. Looking into the world rankings, Smith immediately jumps to No. 1 in the world by almost 2 seconds.

Top 5 World Rankings- Women’s 200 Back LCM (as of 1/19/20)

  1. Regan Smith (USA)- 2:05.94, 1/19/2020
  2. Rio Shiari (JPN)- 2:07.87, 9/6/2019
  3. Kaylee McKeown (AUS)- 2:07.92, 11/3/2019
  4. Isabelle Stadden (USA)- 2:08.16, 11/8/2019
  5. Taylor Ruck (CAN)- 2:08.21, 10/13/2019

Here’s all of Smith’s results in Knoxville, where she swam 5 total event finals.

  • 200 free- 1:58.67 (4th), World No. 14
  • 100 fly- 57.86 (2nd), World No. 6
  • 200 fly- 2:08.73 (2nd), World No. 10
  • 100 back- 58.26 (1st), World Top Time *PSS record
  • 200 back- 2:05.94 (1st), World Top Time *PSS record

Reported by Lauren Neidigh


  • PSS Record: Taylor Ruck, 2018, 2:06.36
  • Trials Cut: 2:14.69

Top 3 Finishers

  1. Regan Smith (RIPT)- 2:05.94
  2. Isabelle Stadden (AQJT)- 2:09.32
  3. Lisa Bratton (AGS)- 2:10.21

World Champion Regan Smith blew away the field by over 3 seconds. Smith’s 2:05.94 was a new Pro Swim Series Record. That’s her 3rd fastest performance ever in the event. Fellow 17-year-old Isabelle Stadden was the only other swimmer to break 2:10, touching 2nd in 2:09.32 ahead of Lisa Bratton (2:10.21).

Though it took a 2:10 to place 3rd, the top 3 times of the night were all under 2:10 and all done by 17 year olds. Shortly after the 200 IM, Phoebe Bacon returned to win the B final in 2:09.57. She finished just ahead of Taylor Ruck (2:10.34), who formerly held the Pro Swim Series Record in this event.

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11 months ago

That actually just under two seconds in front of the world

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Reply to  JimSwim22
11 months ago

Math is hard

Reply to  JimSwim22
11 months ago

Welp, Kaylee McKeown just beat her time :O

11 months ago

I really think she should turn pro

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Reply to  Troy
11 months ago

Very unpopular opinion on SwimSwam. When I said that about Missy after London I was treated like a pariah! 😆

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