WATCH: Phoebe Bacon Upsets Regan Smith for 100 BK, Now #3 in 17-18 History


In a thrilling 100 back A-final, it was down to the wire between 17-year-old phenoms Regan Smith and Phoebe Bacon. At the finish, it was Bacon who upset the world record-holder by 0.05 seconds to win her first U.S. Open title.

Bacon’s final time of 58.63 now makes her the 3rd-fastest 17-18 performer in history, only behind Smith and Missy Franklin. Likewise, Bacon cracked the top five U.S. performers list and is now 4th all-time behind Smith, Kathleen Baker, and Franklin.

All-Time Women’s 17-18 Performers – LCM 100 BK

  1. Regan Smith, 57.57 – 2019
  2. Missy Franklin, 58.33 – 2012
  3. **Phoebe Bacon, 58.63 – 2019**
  4. Rachel Bootsma, 59.10 – 2012
  5. Katharine Berkoff, 59.29 – 2019

All-Time U.S. Women’s Performers – LCM 100 BK

  1. Regan Smith, 57.57 – 2019
  2. Kathleen Baker, 58.00 – 2018
  3. Missy Franklin, 58.33 – 2012
  4. **Phoebe Bacon, 58.63 – 2019**
  5. Olivia Smoliga, 58.73 – 2019

Bacon’s performance in Atlanta also made her one of the world’s fastest performers in history, ranking 11th in the history of the event.

All-Time Women’s Performers – LCM 100 BK

  1. Regan Smith (USA), 57.57 – 2019
  2. Kathleen Baker (USA), 58.00 – 2018
  3. Kylie Masse (CAN), 58.10 – 2017
  4. Gemma Spofforth (GBR), 58.12 – 2009
  5. Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 58.18 – 2009
  6. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 58.23 – 2012
  7. Missy Franklin (USA), 58.33 – 2012
  8. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 58.45 – 2016
  9. Taylor Ruck (CAN), 58.55 – 2019
  10. Minna Atherton (AUS), 58.60 – 2019
  11. **Phoebe Bacon (USA), 58.63 – 2019**

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That #3 17-18 alltime made me wince a little.

That swim would be a NR in in every country bar 5 (GBR, CAN, AUS, HUN, RUS) yet it’s only third among 17-18 year old American women… Incredible!

Congratulations to Bacon – What a beautiful stroke; One for the purists. Pause the video at 0:21 and screenshot that, because that’s exactly how you want a backstroke start to look. Poetry in motion.

Sun Yangs Hammer

Only two spots at trials..

On the other hand the US would destroy a 4x100m back relay

Knows NOthing

Regan looks unrested…

Sun Yangs Hammer

And there are four people who can be expected to go at least 58 mid at trials which by my calculations leaves -2 spots remaining


That’s the benefit of being a second ahead of the field. She didn’t rest or shave. She’ll rest in June. BTW, she also swam a 200 free before the 100 back. Takes a toll on the legs. Congratulations to Phoebe on a GREAT race. To me, she’s the odds on favorite for #2 at trials.


She is unrested


Aus would be sneaky competitive.

McKeown, Seebohm and Minna are legit.

If Madi Wilson was still at her best they would be right there.

Old Man Chalmers

australia’s men’s 4×400 free relay would be better

horton, mcloughlin, winnington, neill


yep – a winning combo there


The question is, how do you do exchanges in a backstroke relay?


every team has to have 2 adjacent lanes and they swim in both alternatingly.
the 2nd, 3rd and 4th swimmers have to look to their right/left respectively to see when their teammate is gonna touch.
easy, eh? 😉

Sun Yangs Hammer

Relay exchange of the blocks but breakout on your back


The times I did them at relay meets, the first person started in the water and the other swimmers got a dive from the blocks and then had to emerge and do a half twist by X distance out. If you ever did the ‘corkscrew’ drill, it’s that kind of easy rotation.


Mixed 4×100 backstroke should be an event 😂

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