9. Regan Smith
School: Lakeville North (Minnesota)
If you’re looking for a young athlete who you might see competing in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, look no further than Regan Smith.
At the 2016 Olympic Trials, Smith placed 13th in the 100-meter backstroke. She was 14.
As a 15-year-old, she became the seventh swimmer ever in the age group to break one minute in the 100-meter backstroke. Smith made the US team in the 2017 US World Championship Trials, and in the 2017 FINA World Championships, she broke the junior world record in semifinals of the 200 backstroke, according to Swim Swam. Then, in the 2017 World Junior Championships, she set a world record junior time in the 100-meter backstroke and also won gold in the 200-meter backstroke.
In the 2018 U.S. National Championships, Smith tied for first in the 200 backstroke – setting a world junior record — and finished third in the 200 butterfly and 100 backstroke. The swimmers who beat the then-16-year-old were all adults.
Still a year from joining Stanford, Smith has been racing with the Riptide team, according to College Swimming.
With her second Olympics Trials coming up, Smith has the chance to compete at the highest level. Get to know her name now – who knows how good she’ll be over the next decade of Olympic games?