USA’s Regan Smith Steals Gold in 100 Back for NAG, World Junior Records

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Women’s 100 Backstroke

While Canada’s Taylor Ruck broke the World Junior Record in this event in the semifinals, USA’s 15-year-old Regan Smith stole it back this evening with a blistering 59.11. Smith was out about two tenths faster than her semis swim, making the difference in this race. Not only was this good enough for the WJR, but also the USA Swimming 15-16 National Age Group Record, formerly held by Missy Franklin at 59.18.

Ruck came in at 59.23 for a lifetime best, followed by teammate Jade Hannah in 59.62. This was Hannah’s first time under the 1:00 barrier, as it also was for Natsumi Sakai of Japan (59.91). Russia’s Polina Egorova finished between them in 59.75.

USA’s Grace Ariola took the sixth spot in 1:00.58, and was followed by a pair of women from Great Britain. Cassie Wild took seventh in 1:00.73 and Anna Maine was eighth in 1:01.44.

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  1. Clinton Saxon

    Regan smith wow what year does she go to college

Author: Diana Pimer

Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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