2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 30-December 3, 2022
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Long Course Meters (50 meters)
- Start Times:
- Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
- Finals: 6PM (ET)
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
- Originally published Dec 3, 2022
WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS
- World Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
- American Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
- U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:07.09, Regan Smith (2021)
- U.S. Open Record: 2:05.08, Phoebe Bacon (2022)
- 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:13.59
On Saturday, Regan Smith swam a 2:05.28 200 back to break the U.S. Open meet record, shattering her previous record time of 2:07.09 from last year by nearly two seconds. She also swam her fastest time in the event since 2019, when she broke the 200 back world record with a time of 2:03.35 in the semifinals of the 2019 World Championships and then proceeded to go 2:03.69 in finals.
Had Smith swam her time tonight at the World Championships, she would have won bronze. However, she still would have been 0.15 seconds off White’s 2:05.13 that finished second at trials.
In recent years, Smith has struggled to make international teams in the 200 back following her major breakout in 2019. At the 2021 U.S. Olympic trials, she led for 150 meters of the race before fading on the final lap and finishing third in a time of 2:06.79 t0 miss the Olympic team. The same feat struck her in 2022 at the World Championships trials, when she swam over a second faster than trials (2:05.65) but still finished third to Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon, missing the team once more.
Compared to trials, Smith was much faster on her front half, being 0.2 seconds quicker on the first 50 and 0.39 seconds quicker on the second 50. However, her third 50s were nearly identical, and she was 0.37 seconds slower on her final lap than she was at trials.
Comparative Splits, 2022 Trials vs. 2022 U.S. Open:
|Regan Smith, 2022 World Championship Trials||Regan Smith, 2022 U.S. Open|
In Smith’s first meet as a pro training under Bob Bowman, she has produced spectacular results, including a 2:10.40 best time in the 200 IM, and a U.S. Open meet record time of 57.95 in the 100 back. If she continues these kinds of strong swims into 2023, she could finally reclaim an international team spot in the 200 back and potentially a gold medal.