Will Regan Smith Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team in These Events?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comWorld champion and World record holder Regan Smith came off of some brutal winter training to win the 100m back (59.75), 100m fly (58.55), and 200m fly (2:10.10) at the 2021 San Antonio Pro Swim (JAN). She scratched out of the 200 back final, but swam the 200 free notching second (1:59.49).  By my math, Regan is exactly where she needs to be this early in the season. I see Regan back at her 2020 Des Moines Pro Swim times as she works through Feb and March.

2020 DES MOINES PRO SWIM – REGAN SMITH  times right before the COVID shutdown:

  • 100 BACK – 58.1
  • 200 BACK – 2:06.1
  • 100 FLY – 57.34
  • 200 FLY – 2:06.39

WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2021 SUMMER

I’m very optimistic the 2021 Olympics will happen, and I’m optimistic about Regan’s performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha. Regan makes the U.S. Olympic Team in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and I think she make Team USA in 100 fly, dropping a 56.5, provided she swims it.  She also makes the team in 200 fly, ripping a 2:05.1, provided she swims it.

But who cares what I think…what do you think?

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Steve Nolan
1 month ago

You don’t think she’d swim the 200 free? That’s gotta be more likely than 100 fly, if only because 800 free relay.

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve Nolan
Ghost
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

If she is already on team, they can still use her. Her club coach and college coach will probably both be on staff

swimgeek
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Her (future) college coach isn’t just on staff. He’s already the Head Coach.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

It’s bad when they do that though.

Gotta get at least get one 200 free swim at Trials in

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve Nolan
N P
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

But the last time they did this I remember it working out very well. (Maya DiRado in ’16.)

Xman
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

And I would say those circumstances were different

Ervin
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Agreed it was more of a last ditch resort….not something you wanna strive for

Dudeman
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

“it’s bad when they do that except when it works, then it’s good”

Steve Nolan
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Either you follow the formula or you don’t. It worked out pretty poorly w/ Lochte in the 400 free relay.

Ace Chunga
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Which Olympics?

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

I do. And, yes, beating two swimmers in the Trials final is likely for an elite like Reagan…

Hmmmm
1 month ago

56.5 isn’t going to be fast enough to make the 100 fly

Age Of Winters
Reply to  Hmmmm
1 month ago

I’m with you on that one, with Claire, Torri, Kelsi, etc.. two will be under.

Reply to  Hmmmm
1 month ago

By career bests, maybe not. and I’m not saying Regan WILL make it in the 100 fly… but there is a lot of pressure in the OT Final, and assuming all these first-timers go life bests in the final is a big IF. I think 56.5 makes the team, regardless of who goes that time

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

I’m on the bubble a/100 fly, but she’s absolutely in the hunt. Just depends on who is “on” at trials.

Brian
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month ago

Claire Curzan’s first 50 fly made me a believer, she will earn a spot in the 100 fly. I think Kelsi has stayed focused and consistent. If I was betting, I would go with Kelsi-first, Claire-second, both under 56.5.

RMS
Reply to  Brian
1 month ago

I think we will have two new first Olympians for the US in the 100 fly.

Hmmmm
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

My thinking was just the volume of swimmers in that 56-57 range makes it look like it’s going to take a 56-low to make it, especially with how young the field is. Many of the swimmers in contention for top two have done their best times within the past few months.

But now that I think about it more, you’re probably right. Either way though, this is shaping up to be one of the best races of the meet.

RMS
Reply to  Hmmmm
1 month ago

I agree. I think Curzan and Huske will punch their ticket in the 100 fly.

Guerra
1 month ago

ttt

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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