Top Swimming Recruit in Class of 2020 Regan Smith Makes College Decision

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The #1 ranked recruit in the girls’ class of 2020 Regan Smith has announced her verbal commitment to the Stanford Cardinal. Her announcement comes less than 24 hours after that of the class’ #6 recruit, Lillie Nordmann, also to the Cardinal. This leaves just one swimmer, #19 Janelle Rudolph, in the top 20 in the class to announce a verbal commitment.

Smith is currently the fastest 200 yard backstroker in history thanks to a 1:47.16 done at the Cary, North Carolina Sectional Championships in March. She is the 2nd-fastest 100 yard backstroker in history, with a 49.66 from that same meet. Only the defending NCAA Champion, Beata Nelson, has been faster (49.18) and only on one occasion.

She is also a member of the USA Swimming National Team. In 2017, when she was only 15 years old, she won both the 100 and 200 meter backstrokes at the FINA World Junior Championships, and finished 8th at the senior World Championships in the 200 back. That made her the youngest swimmer since 2007 to qualify for the FINA World Championships for the US.

In 2018, she tied for 1st in the 200 back, and was 3rd in both the 100 back and 200 fly, at the US National Championships. She built off that to earn her first senior-level international championship medal: a bronze in the 200 back at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Best Times in Yards/Meters:

  • 50 free – 22.51/26.11
  • 100 free – 48.07/55.73
  • 200 free – 1:43.27/1:58.44
  • 500y/400m free – 4:37.10/4:10.33
  • 100 back – 49.66/58.45
  • 200 back – 1:47.16/2:06.43
  • 100 fly – 50.45/58.52
  • 200 fly – 1:51.24/2:07.42
  • 200 IM – 1:56.58/2:15.85

Smith will likely enter her freshman season at Stanford as the favorite to win the national title in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Her best time in the 100 and 200 fly fly would have both put her 5th at NCAAs in 2019. She will start her career penciled in for a minimum of 50 points at NCAAs for the 3-time defending champion Cardinal.

Stanford had the best freshman backstroker in the country in 2018-2019 as well, in Taylor Ruck,

This gives Stanford 2 of the top 6 commitments in the class: a rebound from 2019 when they only had 1 in the top 20 (#12 Alexandra Crisera).

Smith trains with Riptide in suburban Minneapolis

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COOL
2 years ago

I did not see this coming.

Superfan
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

I assume you are kidding?!?

Ervin
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

no

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

Insert *shocked Pikachu’s face*

Riptide
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

Join the discussion…

Schooling
2 years ago

This is a big surprise…

Heyitsme
2 years ago

Just crushed every other teams chance of winning a Ncaa title

N80
Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

I don’t think so. The talent pool for this class is deep and as good as she is, one swimmer can’t win it all

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  N80
2 years ago

One swimmer can’t win it but one swimmer can definitely help keep the #1 team remain #1.

Mnswim
Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

No doubt that Stanford will remain a great team! However, keep an eye out for Virginia. Just look at the recruits they are getting like Alex Walsh etc.. I’m not saying they are better but I’m excited for them to step up! Congratulations Regan!

Dave
2 years ago

Smith and Ruck training together every day before the Olympics. That should be intense and beneficial for each of them, and the Stanford team.
This is awesome. I’m excited for Regan.

Swim
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Taylor is not staying at Stanford for the 19/20 season.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swim
2 years ago

Lucky for her, because she’d be taking a back seat.

Ervin
Reply to  Swim
2 years ago

Shes not swimming for them anymore?

Swimmer
Reply to  Swim
2 years ago

Has this actually been confirmed?

Eagleswim
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

You have your timeline off

Swimming4silver
Reply to  Eagleswim
2 years ago

and regan smith doesn’t come until after Olympics…

PKWater
2 years ago

Lol classic

Sccoach
2 years ago

can’t blame her, congrats to her, just annoying as
a neutral swim fan when Stanford has everyone

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

Their academics/swimming combo is unmatched.

Volmanic
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
2 years ago

Tennessee is equal to Stanford in academics and a little behind in swimming NOW

The Man Himself
Reply to  Volmanic
2 years ago

Lol

Sccoach
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
2 years ago

Agree, was just speaking from a sports fan perspective. I of course don’t blame any kid for wanting to go anywhere. Stanford is obviously top notch

Slimmer Jim
2 years ago

Wow so sad she had to follow everyone else’s path

Heyitsme
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
2 years ago

Read her post dude. It has been her dream since she was 10

Zanna
Reply to  Slimmer Jim
2 years ago

Not everybody can go to Stanford

NCSwimFan
2 years ago

Worth noting Regan did that 200 back & 100 back double in Cary on the same night, with about an hour between each swim, setting the current AR in the 200 back, then breaking the 100 back AR leading off the 400 medley relay. Bodes well for her ability to get up and swim for the Cards’ relays. Congratulations!

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