Lakeville is home to a world record swimmer! 17-year-old Regan Smith broke three world records at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Smith is a student at Lakeville North High School and LinK12-Lakeville.
Smith started out by breaking her own World Junior Record in the 200-meter backstroke preliminary heat on Friday, July 26. She finished in 2:06.01. Later that day in the semifinal heat, she set a new world record of 2:03.35, breaking Missy Franklin’s world record time of 2:04.06 set at the 2012 London Olympics.
“It was an unbelievable swim,” said Lakeville North Girls’ Swim Coach, Dan Schneider on Friday. “She’s a great kid and a hard worker who’s very deserving to be a world record holder,” he said of Smith. “It’s very exciting for Regan and for the community to have a world record holder.”
Regan Smith, 18 years old, wipes Missy Franklin’s 200m backstroke world record off the books. Brings it down from 2:04.06 to 2:03.35. pic.twitter.com/Zl2uEPcmZk
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 26, 2019
Smith took home the gold medal in the final heat of the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday, July 27 with a time of 2:03.69, narrowly missing her own world record set the day before.
On Sunday, July 28, Smith set two world records in the Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay. She set a world record for the 100-meter backstroke portion of the relay in 0:57.57. Her relay team, which included Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia, and Simone Manuel, finished the relay with a world record time of 3:50.40.
Smith will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials next summer to hopefully qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.