Regan Smith Swims 2nd Fastest 200 BK All-Time; Takes it Out in 59.45

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

17-year-old American Regan Smith backed up her showstopping 2:03.35 World Record from semifinals of the women’s 200 back, winning Gold by well over 2 seconds. Smith posted a time of 2:03.69, which marks the 2nd fastest performance of all-time, and the 2nd sub-2:04 in history.

Regan swam an incredibly gutsy race, taking taking it out in 28.68 and following up with a 30.77 for a stunning 59.45 at the 100 mark. Not only was her 100 split almost a full second faster than her split from her World Record perfromance in semifinals (1:00.37), it would have come in 6th in the individual women’s 100 back from a few days ago. Smith stayed on the very aggressive pace through the 3rd 50, splitting 31.56, which put her at 1:31.01 overall, still .83 seconds under her own WR pace. Smith ‘died’ on the last 50, falling off her pace to split 32.68 coming home. While she did fade signifacantly on the last 50, and it took her over her WR pace, Smith’s last split was still the 3rd fastest in the field.

Here is a split comparison between Smith’s WR semifinal swim, her 2:03.69 finals swim, and Missy Franklin‘s previous WR of 2:04.06.

REGAN SMITH 2019 WORLD CHAMPS SEMIFINALS REGAN SMITH 2019 WORLD CHAMPS FINALS MISSY FRANKLIN 2012 OLYMPIC FINAL
29.06 28.68 29.53
31.31 (1:00.37) 30.77 (59.45) 30.97 (1:00.50)
31.47 (1:31.84) 31.56 (1:31.01) 31.66 (1:32.16)
31.51 32.68 31.90
2:03.35 2:03.69 2:04.06

Here is the current top 10 performances of all-time:

  1. Regan Smith, USA – 2:03.35
  2. Regan Smith, USA – 2:03.69
  3. Missy Franklin, USA – 2:04.06
  4. Missy Franklin, USA – 2:04.76
  5. Kirsty Coventry, ZIM – 2:04.81
  6. Anastasia Fesikova, RUS – 2:04.94
  7. Missy Franklin, USA – 2:05.10
  8. Kirsty Coventry, ZIM – 2:05.24
  9. Missy Franklin, USA – 2:05.68
  10. Emily Seebohm, AUS – 2:05.68

 

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Wondering
2 years ago

Just startin’

Stan Crump
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Agreed. I am also glad she has one more year of training the way she is training now.

coach
Reply to  Stan Crump
2 years ago

Coach Parato 5 years 2:06 not bad
Coach Meehan 2 weeks 2:03 priceless

Regan u need 2 go start college early
train with da best coach n team in da world

omg imagine how many wrs shes gonna kill
after 4 yrs training in da best school by far

Dresselmobile
Reply to  coach
2 years ago

Coach Meehan is that you?

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  Dresselmobile
2 years ago

Bruce Gemmell wants his superstar back before any further damage is done.

Coach Paul
Reply to  coach
2 years ago

Not the first time for an athlete coached by coach Parato. Club swimmers can and do set World Record prior to college, and this is more proof.

LikesChlorine
2 years ago

“Dies” on her last 50 and still turns in the 2nd fastest time in history – incredible!

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  LikesChlorine
2 years ago

32.68 versus 32.42 and 32.47 in the last 50 meters or the third fastest split.

Swimdude
2 years ago

Mr Piano introduced himself to Regan on that last 50 but she had gone out fast enough for it not to matter

Tomek
Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

Mr. Piano better leave young Regan alone, on the other hand I do believe Regan made a solid case to be part of 4×100 medley team in the final

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  Tomek
2 years ago

32.68 versus 32.42 and 32.47 or the third fastest split in the final. If you want to talk about Mister Piano, refer to Zane Grothe.

Poppin Ov
Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

Also she still managed 32.6, the fastest last 50 in field was 32.4. Even when she died she was still flying

Ragnar
2 years ago

That’s one way to audition for a relay spot, she’s got a 58.2 or below in the tank

Swimfan
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

57.2 she got in her, maybe sub 57 next year for Tokyo

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

I’ll take 57.99 for $200, Alex.

Ed knows best
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

It certainly seems that she was going for a fast 100 to show that she has the speed for the relay

Coach
2 years ago

Great swim Regan! Congrats to Regan, Coach Mike, and the Riptides! Well deserved!

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Riptide Rocket, so apropos.

Stan Crump
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Too bad we didn’t get to see her fly at this meet.

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
2 years ago

Regan Smith, you are a superstar!

2:03.35, 2:03.69

Are you kidding me? Are you freakin’ kidding me?

Swim
2 years ago

Theres no way you can leave her out of the medley relay now

DRAMA KING
2 years ago

World Record alert tomorrow.