Lakeville Area Swimmer Breaks World Record Held by Missy Franklin

Regan Smith World Record Swim

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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.”

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.

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