Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger both swim at Washington D.C.-area private schools, meaning that the eschew the Maryland State Championship meet in favor of the D.C. Metro Champs – which ultimately becomes a top-tier high school championship meet even without state sponsorship.
Unlike what we saw when the Colorado psych sheets (see: Missy Franklin) were revealed earlier this evening, Katie Ledecky from Stone Ridge and Jack Conger from Good Counsel High School will both be swimming primary events at their championship meet.
Ledecky’s entries will be the 200 and the 500 yard freestyles: the closest races to the 800 meter free where she won Olympic gold in London. The records she will be chasing will include Missy Franklin’s 200 free Independent High School National Record, as Franklin won’t be swimming the event this weekend; Ledecky and Franklin will be going after the same record in the 500 free. While we know that Franklin won’t be shaved and tapered as she focuses on World Championship Trials, we don’t have much information on what Ledecky’s strategy will be for her championship meet.
Independent High School: 1:43.15, Missy Franklin, Regis Jesuit, 2012
Overall High School: 1:42.81, Dagny Knutson, 1:42.81.
Overall and Independent School Records: 4:33.35, Kate Ziegler, Bishop O’Connell, 2006
Conger, meanwhile, has a different definition of “primary event.” He’s shown that he’s an absolute stud in just about every event on the high school schedule, almost equally in yards. Two events have clearly emerged as the clear targets, though, and those are the two he’ll swim: the 100 back and the 500 free.
In the 100 backstroke, at Winter Nationals, he broke Ryan Murphy’s 17-18 National Age Group Record in the 100 back with a 45.32 – a time that was also better than Murphy’s high school record. That time didn’t count for the scholastic record books, however, as it was done at a USA Swimming meet. So, Conger will be wanting to write another page in these twos’ back-and-forth rivalry with a new record. It’s scary to think about – but maybe even a 44 is in the stars.
Then he’ll swim the 500, an event that emerged as a strength for him at this same meet last year (where he didn’t swim the 100 back). He put up a 4:17.51 at that meet that shocked everyone, broke the Independent High School national record, and rattled the cage of the most legendary record left in NISCA’s papers: Jeff Kostoff’s 4:16.39 from 1983. That’s one of only two records, public, private or otherwise, from before 2006; and the only older than 1998. If Conger were able to get that record, he would be able to stake a serious claim as the greatest male high school swimmer ever.
No relay entries are out yet, but Conger’s best chance at a relay leadoff record would be to swim on Good Counsel’s 200 free relay and lead-off with an eye at Murphy’s other record, a 19.54 in the 50 free (independent) or Vlad Morozov’s 19.43 overall record.
Independent High School Record: 4:17.51, Jack Conger, Good Counsel, 2012
Overall High School Record: 4:16.39, Jeff Kostoff, Upland H.S., 1983
Overall and High School Records: 45,34, Ryan Murphy, Bolles School, 2012
50 Free (relay)
Independent High School Record: 19.54, Ryan Murphy, Bolles School, 2012
Overall High School Record: 19.43, Vlad Morozov, Torrance H.S., 2010
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