By Jared Anderson on SwimSwam


Alabama’s Rhyan White upset world record-holder Regan Smith to win U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 back. Her time moves her to #3 all-time among Americans.

White was second to Smith earlier this week in the 100 back, and even that was considered an upset for White. Tonight, though, White surged over the back half, running down Smith and taking over as the only female two-distance backstroker on the U.S. Olympic team.

White’s time of 2:05.73 dropped 1.3 seconds off her career-best set earlier this year at the Atlanta Classic. White blasted a 2:07.07 at that meet to enter the top 10 Americans all-time. Here at Trials, the 21-year-old was pretty controlled through heats (2:08.92) and semifinals (2:08.39), placing third behind Smith and Phoebe Bacon in both rounds.

Tonight, White swam by both of them late, and she and Bacon earned the two Olympic entry spots for Team USA. Bacon went 2:06.46, improving her personal best by four-tenths of a second, though she actually slips to #9 all-time among U.S. swimmers with White passing her.

White trails only the two most-recent world record-setters in this event:

Top U.S. Performers All-Time, Women’s 200 Back

  1. Regan Smith (2019) – 2:03.35
  2. Missy Franklin (2012) – 2:04.06
  3. Rhyan White (2021) – 2:05.73
  4. Maya DiRado (2016) – 2:05.99
  5. Margaret Hoelzer (2008) – 2:06.09
  6. Kathleen Baker (2018) – 2:06.14
  7. Elizabeth Beisel (2012) – 2:06.18
  8. Elizabeth Pelton (2013) – 2:06.29
  9. Phoebe Bacon (2021) – 2:06.46
  10. Isabelle Stadden (2021) – 2:07.28

Bacon improves her standing as the #3 U.S. swimmer of all-time in the 17-18 age group. Bacon, who just finished her freshman year at Wisconsin, is 18. Both Smith and Franklin set their world record swims (#1 and #2 above) while in the 17-18 age group, and Bacon trails only those two.

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Source: Swimming – SwimSwam