A Look At the Women’s American Records Ranked By Age; Katie Hoff Still Holding Strong


by SWIMMING WORLD EDITORIAL STAFF

14 January 2024, 09:59am

A Look At the Women’s American Records Ranked By Age

As the TYR Pro Series stop in Knoxville wrapped up on Saturday night, multi-event star Kate Douglass put an exclamation mark on the action. Racing the 200-meter breaststroke, Douglass delivered a time of 2:19.30, which established an American record. The effort lowered the 2012 standard of Rebecca Soni, who clocked 2:19.59 to win Olympic gold at the 2012 Games in London.

Soni’s record was the fourth-oldest American mark (long course) on the books and was good for a world record when it was produced at the London Aquatics Centre. The oldest American standard is held by Katie Hoff, who went 4:31.12 in the 400 individual medley at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha.

Of the 17 individual events which are contested in long-course competition, Regan Smith holds the American record in four – all three backstroke disciplines and the 200 butterfly. Katie Ledecky is the owner of three American records – 400 freestyle, 800 free and 1500 free.

Here’s a look at the American records by age.

American Records (LC) Ranked By Age

400 Medley – Katie Hoff (4:31.12) – June 29, 2008
200 Medley – Ariana Kukors (2:06.15) – July 27, 2009
200 Freestyle – Allison Schmitt (1:53.61) – July 31, 2012
400 Freestyle – Katie Ledecky (3:56.46) – August 7, 2016
800 Freestyle – Katie Ledecky (8:04.79) – August 12, 2016
100 Breaststroke – Lilly King (1:04.13) – July 25, 2017
50 Freestyle – Simone Manuel (23.97) – July 30, 2017
50 Breaststroke – Lilly King (29.40) – July 30, 2017
1500 Freestyle – Katie Ledecky (15:20.48) – May 16, 2018
100 Freestyle – Simone Manuel (52.04) – July 26, 2019
200 Backstroke – Regan Smith (2:03.35) – July 26, 2019
100 Backstroke – Regan Smith (57.57) – July 28, 2019
100 Butterfly – Torri Huske (55.64) – June 19, 2022
200 Butterfly – Regan Smith (2:03.87) – June 4, 2023
50 Butterfly – Gretchen Walsh (25.11) – June 28, 2023
50 Backstroke – Regan Smith (27.10) – July 26, 2023
200 Breaststroke – Kate Douglass (2:19.30) – January 13, 2024

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