2-for-2: Regan Smith Downs 100 Back American Record an Hour After the 200 – 49.66

2019 SPEEDO SECTIONALS – CARY, NC

  • March 7-10, 2019
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Raleigh, NC
  • SCY Format
  • Live Results

An hour after setting a new American record in the 200 backstroke, Riptide’s Regan Smith broke the 100 back American record leading off the 400 medley relay in finals at Cary Sectionals Sunday night, going 49.66. Her time just bests Beata Nelson‘s record of 49.67 from the Texas Hall of Fame Invite in November.

This was Smith’s third 100 back in two days. In prelims Saturday, she went 49.74 to break the 17-18 national age group record. In finals, she was 49.77.

Smith, who just turned 17 in February, split 24.29/25.37. Her best time before yesterday was 50.58, also swum leading off a relay.

Check out how Nelson and Smith’s records compare:

Beata Nelson 2018 American Record Regan Smith previous PR
Regan Smith 2019 American Record
24.02 24.27 24.29
25.65 25.47 25.37
49.67 49.74 49.66

With this swim, Smith jumps from the No. 3 to No. 1 performer in history. She now owns two of the top five performances of all time.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S SCY 100 BACKSTROKE

  1. Regan Smith – 49.66, 2019
  2. Beata Nelson – 49.67, 2018
  3. Ally Howe – 49.69, 2017
  4. Kathleen Baker – 49.80, 2017
  5. Janet Hu – 49.93, 2018

TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S SCY 100 BACKSTROKE

  1. Regan Smith – 49.66, 2019
  2. Beata Nelson – 49.67, 2018
  3. Ally Howe – 49.69, 2017
  4. Ally Howe – 49.70, 2018
  5. Regan Smith – 49.74, 2019

Smith owns the 15-16 NAG records in the 100 back, 200 back (1:48.30), and 200 fly (1:51.24). She now owns the American record and 17-18 national age group records in the 100 back (49.66) and 200 back. At the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships last summer, she earned her first national title in the LCM 200 backstroke (2:06.43) by tying for first with Kathleen Baker. She also finished third in the 200 fly (2:07.42) and 100 back (58.83) in Irvine.

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Hint of Lime
2 years ago

Insane! Cannot believe she’s a high schooler. Wow, wow, wow.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Hint of Lime
2 years ago

She’ll win the 200 fly, 200 back and 100 back her freshman year in college lol. Maybe she’ll turn pro after the Olympics though.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

I doubt it, I believe she will do the 2 years at least

HB Swim Dad
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

It’s all about the money – how much money is on the table and how badly does she need it?
Also, how important is swimming NCAA? Life being unpredictable when it comes to sports, I always recommend taking the money while you’re still healthy enough to receive offers. Look at Missy Franklin: only 23 and her body has pretty much deteriorated now. She should have taken the money after London but decided on 2 years as an amateur. Being part of a team is all great and wonderful, but financial security when you’re 45 and struggling is much different than when you’re 18 and optimistic.

Great article about Missy here: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2655534-how-missy-franklin-went-from-olympic-darling-in-2012-to-olympic-underdog-in-2016

Sweetie T
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Wondering were is she attending college

SwimGeek
Reply to  Sweetie T
2 years ago

Wherever she wants!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

BEST answer!

SwimGeek
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

In seriousness, I’ve heard the short list is Stanford and Louisville.

Spectatorn
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

Thought she posted on IG she is going to Stanford.

Snarky
Reply to  Spectatorn
2 years ago

You have to get in before you go. She’s a home-schooled junior so I doubt she’s received the nod from admissions already. Stanford admissions is a bit different from other schools. But no doubt she can go anywhere she wants assuming she can get in.

coach
Reply to  Hint of Lime
2 years ago

killa day 4 da Card 🙂
Rucks gonna have a fun trainin pardner

Mr Piano
2 years ago

I think she will sweep the 100 and the 200 at worlds.

Pvdh
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Smoliga/Baker in the 100 I think. Hope she gets to swim a relay tho

Mr Piano
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Oops you’re right. I forgot that Smoliga went 58.75 at US Nats

PK Doesn’t Like His Long Name
2 years ago

Regan should have the 5th (and 6th) fastest performances all time, from this meet, as well.

Honest Observer
2 years ago

The last two people I can recall who set records at non-championship meets were Phelps (in the 200 fly and 200 IM) and Ledecky (who’s done it in the 800 and 1500). Admittedly, they set WR’s, not just AR’s. But still, it makes you think……

One (somewhat ironic) point here: as young as she is, and as great as she is, Smith could actually lose both of her records in just two weeks. Beata Nelson would seem to have a good chance of getting her record back, and an obviously unrested Taylor Ruck went a 1:48-high at Pac-12’s, and her improving a couple of seconds is not entirely out of the question.

Either way, it’s exciting times in women’s… Read more »

Hswimmer
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

Bilquist could be good also

RenéDescartes
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

IIRC Dagny Knutson set an AR in the 400 IM at a non-championship meet.

Honest Observer
Reply to  RenéDescartes
2 years ago

Yes, thank you, forgot about that one.

Reilly
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

Taylor is Canadian so it wouldn’t be an American record. Well, am American continent record, but not not a USA swimming record.

Stan Crump
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

Perhaps a US Open record?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

I would say that this is her championship meet of the season, it’s not junior nats, but she’s tapered.

NONA
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

Beata Nelson AR that just got broken was from an invite this past November, so non championship as well

Honest Observer
Reply to  NONA
2 years ago

Ah, right. (Glad I included the weasel words “I can recall” in the original comment.)

Snarky
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

Kostoff. 500 free 4:16.39. In a HS meet. That AR lasted a long time.

Snarky
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

Also. Bob Hackett 1000 free 859.89 in a duel meet in 1980. Berkoff 47.89 100 back in a dual meet against Cornell in 1989. And a kid named Jeff from ASU back in the early 80’s broke the AR in the 200 fly in a duel meet too. Cant recall his
Last name.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

Jeff Stuart?

Snarky
Reply to  Jay ryan
2 years ago

That’s him. Nice recall.

S.A. Sid" Cassidy
Reply to  Jay ryan
2 years ago

HoGod!
Jeff Stuart – what a 200 fly!
Thinking about Martin Zubero’s World Record at Alabama’s Rammer Jammer LC Meet back in the day

MAX
Reply to  Jay ryan
2 years ago

Jeff Stuart was my coach when I was a kid!

Mr Piano
2 years ago

Guys, Claire Curzan went 1:52 in the 200 back as well!

Swimfan
2 years ago

Curzan also casually led off in 51.23

Wild Bill
2 years ago

Yes!

wow
2 years ago

when’s the last time someone held both the 100 and 200 back AR for women?

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  wow
2 years ago

Coughlin.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  wow
2 years ago

Missy Franklin LCM 2012 London Olympics

Mr Piano
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

How could you forget about Missy?

wow
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

i meant the SC record

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