Regan Smith Out-Touches Olivia Smoliga in 50 Back Shootout in Austin

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Regan Smith saved her best 50 back for last as she swam a 27.85 to just barely beat Olivia Smoliga (27.89). Smith is just 15 years old as she is showing no signs of slowing down as she gets her 2018 campaign off to a good start. Smith descended each of her swims as was a 28.34 in the quarters and a 28.07 in the semi-finals.

Smoliga also saved her best for last as she was a 28.21 in the quarters and a 27.98 in the semis. She is in her first full year as a postgrad swimmer after she swam four years collegiately at Georgia. She is also not showing signs of slowing down in her 2018 campaign.

Smith got points for Jason Lezak‘s swim squad while Smoliga scored points for Lenny Krayzelburg.

 Event 27F  Women 50 LC Meter Backstroke
        World: W 27.06  7/30/2009 Jing Zhao
     American: A 27.48  7/26/2017 Kathleen Baker
         Meet: M 27.51  2015      Natalie Coughlin
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
  1 Smith, Regan     15 Riptide Swim Tea       NT      27.85        
  2 Smoliga, Olivia  23 Athens Bulldog S       NT      27.89