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Lakeville Teen Regan Smith Wins World Title in 200-Meter Backstroke; Young Swimmer Reacts

July 27, 2019 07:36 PM

(KSTP) -- One day after setting the new world record in the event Lakeville Native Regan Smith won the gold and a world title in the 200-meter backstroke. This swim would have set a world record before yesterday as well, but Smith already set a better mark in the semi-final on Friday. 

The 17-year-old Lakeville native won her semifinal heat in 2 minutes, 3.35 seconds. That erased the old mark of 2:04.06 set by Missy Franklin at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Breaking records is nothing new for Smith. 

She holds most of the pool records at the Bluewater Aquatic Center where she trains in Apple Valley. 

Smith also currently holds more than 80 individual state records.

Her resume now includes a world record and a world title. 

In Rochester, the city hosting the Minnesota 14 and under State Championships at the Rochester Recreation Center, participants in the swim meet said Smith's race was put up on the screen and the place went crazy when Smith set the world record. For younger swimmers competing at the event, it was more than just watching an athlete, it was a glimpse at what they can do in the future and a source of inspiration, "Everybody was cheering for her. It's really inspiring to know I can do that because I'm from Minnesota too," said Lauren Bachmeier, who is a member of Black Dog Swimming Team. 

The state championships wrap up on Sunday in Rochester.

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