15 Year-Old Regan Smith Unloads 58.95 100m Backstroke

Regan Smith.jpg

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

August 23 - 28, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana
IUPUI Natatorium
LIVE RESULTS
EVENT HUB

Day two finals of the 6th FINA World Junior Championships from the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis are in the books. There were a lot of great races and moments Thursday night, but here are our top five.

1) Regan Smith Breaks 100m Back World Junior Record

15 year-old ​Regan Smith​ of the United States has been on a roll this summer. After making the final in the 200m back at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest last month, Smith has proved she can throw down a fast 100 as well. In the final Thursday night, Smith dropped a 59.11 -- a new World Junior Record -- to out touch Canada's ​Taylor Ruck ​in 59.23. To put that in perspective, Ruck earned two bronze medals last summer in Rio on Canada's freestyle relays. That's how good these ladies are. But wait there's more! Smith and Ruck battled again leading off in the mixed medley relay where Smith unloaded an astonishing 58.95, posting the sixth-fastest time in the world this year.


2) Men's 200m Free Saw THREE 1:46's

It took a 1:46.28 to make the championship final of the men's 200m freestyle at World Championships last month. Thursday night at Junior Worlds we saw THREE GUYS uncork 1:46's with Russia's​ Ivan Girev ​in 1:46.40 (new WJR), Hungary's Nándor Németh​ in 1:46.79, and ​Australia's ​Elijah Winnington ​in 1:46.81. All of those swims dipped below ​Maxime Rooney's​ previous WJR of 1:47.10 set back in 2015. The two Americans -- ​Patrick Callan​ and ​Trey Freeman​ -- were fourth and fifth in 1:47.61 and 1:47.79, respectively. Both of those times were very close to the 1:47.51 ​Caeleb Dressel ​swam at U.S. Nationals in June to earn the sixth spot on the World Championship team (Dressel did not swim this relay in Budapest, passing his spot down to ​Jay Litherland​).

3) Penny Oleksiak Leads Canada To Second Relay Gold

Canada continues to develop firepower competitive on the international stage. After her performances in Rio at the 2016 Olympics, we all knew the Canadian youngster ​Penny Oleksiak ​was a star. After fighting through some injuries in the fall that led to subpar performances at World Champs last month -- by her standards, at least -- Oleksiak continues to push forward. She threw down a 56.98 butterfly split on the 4x100m mixed medley relay to lead Canada to their second relay gold medal in as many days. Of note, Oleksiak opted out of the 100m freestyle at this meet -- the event she was the co-Olympic Champion in last summer.


4) Kristoff Milak Lurking In 100m Fly

Lost in the midst of the ​Caeleb Dressel​ show in Budapest, Hungarian ​Kristoff Milak​ threw down a 50.62 in the final of the 100m butterfly to earn the silver medal -- outperforming names like ​Joseph Schooling, James Guy​, ​and ​Laszlo Cseh​. Milak busted onto the scene in a big way in June thanks to a 1:53.79 in the 200m butterfly at the European Junior Championships. Unfortunately for him, he would not swim the race in Budapest as ​Tamas Kenderesi​ and Cseh had already locked up the spots for the Hungarians. Now, in Indianapolis, Milak seems to be toying with the competition going into Friday night's 100m fly final. Milak is the second seed behind Russia's ​Andrei Minakov​ (52.23) with a 52.61 and you better believe he will demolish that time Friday night.

5) Martinenghi Dominates 100m Breast; Whitley Scares 59

Italy's ​Nicolò Martinenghi ​has solidified himself as the best 18&U sprint breaststroker in the world -- consistently going 59's all year and culminating in a 59.01 Wednesday night in the semifinals. Martinenghi was unable to take down his best Thursday night in the final, but his 59.58 was enough to take the win handily. ​Reece Whitley​ of the United States threw down a monster 31.68 on the back half -- the fastest in the field -- to get his hand on the wall for silver in 1:00.08. ​Michael Andrew​, who has a lifetime best of 59.8, rounded out the podium for bronze in 1:00.37.

---

The best swimming coverage. Straight to your inbox.

Don't miss breaking news, feature stories, event updates, and more. Sign up for the FloSwimming mailing list today.

2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam Start List

5f3d1bf7352b1(3).png

The 2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam are streaming live and on demand through FloTrack and the FloSports apps on August 23rd. Start time is 7am EST. The broadcast is available worldwide with the exception of France and Australia.

The 2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam Explained

5f3d1bf7352b1(3).png

The 2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam are streaming live and on demand through FloTrack and the FloSports apps on August 23rd. Start time is 7am EST. The broadcast is available worldwide with the exception of France and Australia.

How to Watch: 2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam

5f3d1bf7352b1(3).png

The 2020 Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam are streaming live and on demand through FloTrack and the FloSports apps on August 23rd. Start time is 7am EST. The broadcast is available worldwide with the exception of France and Australia.

The 2028 Olympics In Los Angeles Will Be Special For Swimming

AbbeyWeitzeil.jpg

On the front page of USA Swimming's website is a ticking clock: a live countdown to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to be held June 13-20, 2021. That competition will get Team USA ready for the subsequent 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the Games that were, of course, delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic that swept the world, and which is still greatly changing life in the United States. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Texas Swimming & Diving Is One Of The Greatest NCAA Division I Dynasties

How Did Texas Prep For World Champ Trials?

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Eddie Reese, head coach of swimming and diving at the University of Texas, is a walking legend. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Para-Swimmer Roderick Sewell Is Redefining 'Multi-Sport Athlete'

Roderick Sewell

This year's Ironman world championships, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, were grueling by any standard of measure: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile ride. For any person of any athletic ability at any point in history, a feat of that magnitude would be impressive — but what about a double above-the-knee amputee?

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

We Stand With You

Flo-Blackout-1920x1080.jpg

The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

Workouts Without Water: Staying In Competition Shape Minus The Pool

Simone_Manuel.jpg

Just about everybody is hoping pools don't close (or stay closed) for the summer due to the continued fallout from COVID-19. We know summer without the water can be a difficult task for many, especially parents with kids, but you know who needs the water most of all? Swimmers, that's who. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Youth Sports Leaders Form PLAY Sports Coalition

Water Polo

PLAY Sports Coalition Press Release

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

3 Olympic Swimming Flashbacks Featuring Phelps, Ledecky & Hyman

Beijing_Olympics_Relay_Phelps.jpg

While the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be officially postponed, there’s no reason to stop watching swimming. To tide you over before next summer’s festivities in Tokyo, we’ve gathered some of our favorite memories from the past 20 years of Olympics to help you stay in the mood for international competition. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In