Performance of the Week: Regan Smith Takes Down 37-Year Old NAG Record

regan smith, fina world junior championships
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week’s Performance of the Week goes to Riptide Swim Team’s Regan Smith for her impressive performance in the women’s 200 fly at the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas.

There were plenty of fast swims this weekend, but Smith’s stood apart not just because of the quality of the swim, but whose record she took down. Touching the wall in 1:51.24, Smith obliterated Mary T Meagher’s 15-16 National Age Group (NAG) record of 1:52.99 that had stood since 1981.  

Smith led for the entire race, distancing herself from the rest of the field through the 150, leaving no doubt that she would knock down yet another record and put her name in the record books.

Smith, who has been known primarily as a backstroker, had flirted with Meagher’s record last spring, with a 1:53.50 from Sectional in March of 2018. Her new best time would be the current #1 time in NCAA for this season, and she is less than a quarter second off of Ella Eastin’s 17-18 NAG record.

Congratulations Regan Smith on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

1 comment

  1. avatar

    This is an awesome achievement. Beating a time set by Madame Butterfly at an age when Miss Meagher was in the top 10 world wide sets a good precedent.

    My only complaint is that we are still holding big events like this in yards. Can we at least move to short course meters?