MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Lakeville teenager has broken the women’s world record in the 200-meter backstroke.
The Associated Press reports that Regan Smith, 17, broke the record Friday at the world swimming championships in South Korea.
Smith won her semifinal heat with a time of 2 minutes, 3.35 seconds, beating the record mark of 2:04:06 set in the London Olympics by Missy Franklin.
The world championship finals are slated for Saturday.
Well dear friend, we had a great run. Seven years and I couldn’t be more honored to have my 200 back World Record broken by @reganesmith4, one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I’ve ever known. Keeping this World Record with an American flag by it means everything… pic.twitter.com/NgIcysjGWs
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) July 26, 2019