Olivia Smoliga started off her record breaking stretch at the Illinois State High School Championships where she won the 50 free in a new national high school record of 21.99 and the 100 backstroke in 51.43, also the fastest high school time ever. Garrett McCaffrey asked her about her feelings on the backstroke record knowing that Missy Franklin has chosen to swim high school this season. She then went on to get a best time at Nationals in Austin in the 100 Free (47.89) before heading to Istanbul Turkey as part of Team USA at the Short Course World Championships. In Turkey she won the 100 backstroke from an outside lane (56.64) and went on to get 2nd in the 50 back in a new American Record (26.13) eclipsing Natalie Coughlin’s mark in prelims and then breaking her own record two more times. Not a bad 4 weeks of work for the future Georgia Bulldog.