Lakeville Area Schools’ world record-breaking swimmer, Regan Smith, has been honored with three Golden Goggle awards. Smith is currently a student at Lakeville North High School and the district’s LinK12-Lakeville online school. She received the awards on November 24 at the annual USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards gala in Los Angeles, California.
Smith took home three of the eight awards given out at the gala. She was honored with Female Race of the Year, Breakout Performer of the Year, and Relay Performance of the Year.
The Female Race of the Year award recognizes Smith for the world record she set at the 2019 FINA World Championships in the 200-meter backstroke. At just 17-years-old, Smith broke the record formerly held by Missy Franklin with a time of 2:03.35.
Smith was recognized as Breakout Performer of the Year not only for that world record 200-meter backstroke swim, but also for her performance on the 4×100-meter medley relay. Smith broke the world record for the backstroke portion of the relay with a time of 0:57.57. Her entire relay team broke the world record with a time of 3:50.40.
That relay was again recognized as the Relay Performance of the Year. Smith was honored along with her relay team of Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia, and Simone Manuel.
Smith’s coach, Mike Parratto, was also honored at the gala with the Coach of the Year award. Parratto coaches the Minnesota-based Riptide Swim Team. He previously coached 12-time Olympic medalist Jenny Thompson.
Smith plans to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials next summer to hopefully qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.