Being a professional athlete takes drive, determination, and heart. I played sports all the way through college but wasn't able to continue after I graduated. I have mad respect for those who can continue their careers to the next level because it takes a lot of sacrifices to perform with the elite athletes of the world.

Regan Smith is a 17-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota and she had a weekend of a lifetime competing against some of the best swimmers in the world. According to WCCO, she was in South Korea this past weekend competing at the World Swimming Championships. In their original report, WCCO said that Smith had broken the 200-meter backstroke world record Saturday with a time of 2:03:35 in the semi-finals. This record was previously held by Missy Franklin which was 2:04:06.

WCCO reported that Smith and her teammates had broken the 4X100 medley record with a time of 3:50:40. While competing in this relay, Smith set an individual record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 00:57:57, according to WCCO. The article continued to say that she will compete in the Olympic Swim Trials next summer in hopes of making it to the 2020 Olympics.

If you have a chance to see the Olympic Swim Trials, GO! I was a sports intern at the last Olympic Trials in Omaha four years ago and it was the coolest thing I have ever been apart of!

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