Lakeville’s Regan Smith advances to 200 butterfly final

Regan Smith is 2 for 2 on advancing to individual event finals in her first Olympics.

The 2020 Lakeville North grad advanced to the 200-meter butterfly final by finishing fourth overall in the semifinals Wednesday morning in Tokyo — Tuesday evening Central time — with a time of 2 minutes, 6.64 seconds.

Smith is a medal contender in this event but doesn’t carry the same pressure in the fly that she did in the backstroke, a stroke in which she previously held two world records. Smith already has won bronze in the 100-meter backstroke in these Games.

Smith considers the butterfly a fun swim in these Olympics. Whatever she does in the event is gravy on top of her 100-backstroke performance. But that doesn’t mean the Lakeville product doesn’t have an opportunity to do something special in the final — which takes place Thursday morning in Tokyo, Wednesday evening in Minnesota.

Smith is a definite medal contender in the final, and could potentially make a push for gold.

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