Smith Very Pleased with her 2Back/1Fly Double, Talks Ft. Myers Training Trip


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 2:05.94, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 2:12.94
  1. Phoebe Bacon (UN), 2:06.84
  2. Regan Smith (RIPT), 2:06.90
  3. Mariella Venter (CW), 2:12.11

Phoebe Bacon and Regan Smith put on a show in the final of the women’s 200 backstroke, battling stroke-for-stroke all the way to final touch.

The third 50 turned out to be the difference-maker for Bacon, as she pulled ahead by .06 before the two produced matching 32.92 splits on the last length, leaving the reigning NCAA champion with the victory in 2:06.84 to Smith’s 2:06.90.

The time is a massive personal best for Bacon – she entered the day with a best of 2:08.82, and then lowered it to 2:08.34 this morning – and moves her into third in the world this season and first among Americans.

Smith, the world record holder at 2:03.35, goes well under her season-best (set this morning at 2:08.74) to move into fourth in the world and second among U.S. swimmers.


  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 59.59
  1. Regan Smith (RIPT), 57.68
  2. Kelsi Dahlia (CARD), 57.75
  3. Kate Douglass (UVA), 57.76

It was two races and two extremely close and exciting battles for Regan Smith in tonight’s session, as the 19-year-old followed up her runner-up finish in the women’s 200 back with a big win over tough competition in the 100 fly.

Smith clocked in at 57.68, out-touching Kelsi Dahlia and Kate Douglass by less a tenth, to tie her season-best time set in this morning’s prelims. Smith’s two swims today trail only her 57.34 best time done in early 2020.

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